Above: A walnut tree stripped of its branches stands in the rubble of the Kalat al-Numan citadel, originally built during the Roman era some 2,000 years ago. (John Cantlie/AFP/Getty Images)
And a link from the above article to satellite images of Syria’s World Heritage sites:
And a link to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list.
Here’s an article from 2009 about the re-opening of the ancient site of Babylon together with Hussein’s 1985 reconstruction of the great palace that he built for himself. Be sure to watch and listen to the “Audio Slide Show.”
Remember, this was reported in 2009. What’s the news today?
Here’s something to think about. What happens to art in a time of war?
Restored Baghdad Museum Reopens, by Maev Kennedy, 2/23/09
The Future of History, by Ben Preston, 2/25/09
See also the work of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield.
If you’re in NYC this spring, get to the Neue Galerie to see “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” (through June 30).
Here’s a review by Holland Cotter from the New York Times.
For one thing…this amazing work from the 1st or 2nd c. CE, a copy after a Greek original. Called The Dying Gaul, the sculpture was discovered in Rome in the early 17th c. It was first mentioned in writing in 1623…around the time Bernini was working for Cardinal Scipio Borghese.
This is the kind of work that also inspired Donatello and Michelangelo, although they never saw this particular sculpture. But Rodin knew it, as well as every other great sculptor in the Western tradition.
It’s on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. until March 16, 2014.
Here’s the press release from the NGA, and an article about the work from today’s Washington Post with additional views.
Here are just a few of the many articles detailing the recent disclosure of a treasure trove of art found in an apartment in Munich.
Another from the NYT, 11/5/13
Mail Online (London), 11/5/13
Monuments continue to disappear.
Read more here.
The Battle of Lützen occurred November 16, 1632…one of many battles of the Thirty Years’ War. This is a remarkable story about discovering the mass graves of the 6,000 to 9,000 soldiers who died that day.
When we think about images from the 1630s, we often think about the landscape paintings of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, such as Claude’s Mill on a River from 1631 (MFA, Boston). Such images present us with an idealized view
of the European landscape. Reading about the discovery of this mass grave…and seeing the photos in the gallery…we realize that
Jacques Callot’s The Battle, from his Large Miseries of War series of 1633, has a quality of documentation to it.
The descendants of Paul Rosenberg, a collector of modern art and friend of Picasso, Matisse, and others, continue to search for works from his collection that were stolen by Nazis during WWII.
The heirs of Hungarian banker Baron Mor Lipot Herzog are suing Hungary for the return of art taken by the Nazis. Baron Herzog was one of the most important collectors of art in Europe in the early 20th century. Read more in the NYT article, July 28, 2010.