Saving Mona Lisa : the battle to protect the Louvre and its treasures from the Nazis / Gerri Chanel.
By: Chanel, Gerri.Material type: BookPublisher: London, England : Icon Books Ltd, 2018Copyright date: ©2014Description: xix, 377 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781785784453; 1785784455; 9781785784163; 1785784161.Subject(s): Musée du Louvre | Musée du Louvre -- History -- 20th century | Art treasures in war -- France -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war | Cultural property -- Protection -- France -- History -- 20th century | France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945DDC classification: 940.53 | 940.53/44
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In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. So began the biggest evacuation of art and antiquities in history. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. Throughout the German occupation, the museum staff fought to keep the priceless treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen, often risking their lives to protect the country's artistic heritage. Thus a story that features as a vignette in the George Clooney film The Monuments Men is given the full-length treatment it demands. The recipient of several independent publishing awards in the United States, and illustrated throughout with nearly 100 photographs, Saving Mona Lisa is a compelling true story of art and beauty, intrigue and ingenuity, and remarkable moral courage in the darkest of times.
Originally published: New York: Heliopa Press, 2014.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -370).
Part I: From war to war - Fall 1187 to Summer 1938 -- Protecting Paris, protecting art -- World War I -- Drums of another war -- Part II: Into exile - Fall 1938 to Spring 1940 -- Final Preparations -- How to move a masterpiece -- Chambord -- Cheverny -- Courtalain -- Valencay -- Part III: Exodus, art And occupiers - Spring 1940 to Fall 1942 -- Exodus -- Debacle -- Occupiers with an eye for art -- Loc-Dieu Abbey -- Valencay at war -- Paris -- Montauban, 1941 -- Chateau de Sourches -- Montauban, 1942 -- Part IV: New borders, New battles - November 1942 to December 1943 -- Insincere intentions -- Chateau de Montal -- A Chateau Life -- Resistance -- Thieves and spies -- From heaven and earth -- Friends and enemies -- Part V: Dange, hope and freedom - January 1944 to August 1944 -- Cat and mouse -- Rough road toward freedom -- Insurrection -- Retreat and retribution -- Liberation -- Part VI: Homecoming - August 1944 to October 1947 -- Last echoes of war -- Coming home.
In 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces again and again during the war. Throughout the German occupation, the Louvre's staff fought to keep the priceless treasures out of enemy hands, often risking their lives to protect the country's artistic heritage. This is their tale.