The Monuments Men of World War II
The Monuments Men were a group of men and women from thirteen nations, most of whom volunteered had expertise as museum directors, curators, art scholars and educators, artists, architects, and archivists. The Monuments Men job description was simple: to save as much of the culture of Europe as they could during combat.
It uses interiors such as Chiswick House, Osterley Park House, Sir John Soane Museum, The Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Victoria nad Albert Museum as historical spaces in orderto contextualise certain aesthetic claims. Travel in the 18th century practiced by the privileged few was ameans to an end which often took the form of a collection of object (souvenirs) which found their way to the great houses and museums of Britain. Rooms in private galleries ( the Dulwich Picture Gallery ) museums ( the Elgin Room in the British Museum) were built specifically to house and commemorate a search for authenticity and beauty. This cultural capital consolidated and celebrated the status of the owner be it the aristocracy, gentry or merchant classes. The existence of individuals endowed with taste is not peculiar to the 18th century. The remnants of these views may still be voiced in the value judhgements of the contemporary critic and collector. Today’s connoisseur is yesterday’s man of taste.
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The Louvre and it’s visitors, photos by Alécio de Andrade.
Andrew Moore - Russia, 2000-2004
- Room 348, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
- Restoration Room, St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts
Photo by Otto Litzel, c.1960.
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Finger Ring Depicting Xipe Totec, 1000-1500, Mexico, Oaxaca, probably Mixtec, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, Heye Foundations