Art Looting and Destruction

Valerie S. Grash, Art Looting and Destruction, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This seminar-style course will explore the complex history of art looting and iconoclasm—the motives behind it, the methods by which it occurred, and the impact it made not only upon those involved, but, indeed, humanity as a whole. We will approach this task by focusing on specific case studies, examining the pertinent literature and thoroughly investigating the impacted works of art and architecture.

Required Texts:

 Margaret M. Miles, Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. (ISBN-13: 978-0521172905)
 Lynn H. Nicholas, The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. (ISBN-13: 978-0679756866)

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