Undoing Spoliation: Tracing Books in Nazi Hands, Talk by Antonia Bartoli, Grolier Club, 4 May 2021, 6-7.30pm EST

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Antonia Bartoli, a specialist in Nazi-era provenance research, will discuss the widespread looting of books, manuscripts, archives, and other printed material across Europe from 1933 to 1945. She will explore the locations, operations, and mechanisms of the Nazi regime’s systematic plunder--meticulous records were kept as government theft agencies squabbled over treasures. She will delve into case studies, tracing the unique ownership histories of spoliated material including a 16th-century Venetian manuscript from a Polish aristocratic collection; the collection of the bibliophile Jean (Hans) Furstenberg; and a 19th-century book of flowers, formerly with the collection of Hermann Goering.

Ms. Bartoli, who currently researches the ownership history of the Yale University Art Gallery's encyclopedic collections, previously held provenance research positions at the British Library (focusing on, among other topics, ownership histories for the Henry Davis Collection of Bookbindings and Stefan Zweig Collection of Music and Literary Manuscripts), Christie’s, Art Recovery International, International Foundation for Art Research, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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For those unable to join us for the session, the lecture will be recorded and made available a few weeks after the event on the Grolier Club's Vimeo page:


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