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Book on Nazi art looting up for discussion by Alliance Member Gallery Book Club

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The Alliance for the Arts continues its Member Gallery Book Club on Tuesday, December 17 from 7-9 p.m. with a discussion of The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World’s Greatest Works of Art by Hector Feliciano.

As the Nazis overran Europe between 1939 and 1944, they were also quietly conducting another type of pillage. The Lost Museum tells the story of the Jewish art collectors and gallery owners in France who were stripped of rare works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, Cézanne and Picasso. By the war's end, the Nazis had taken more than 20,000 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from France.

The Lost Museum chronicles the Nazis’ systematic confiscation of these artworks, focusing on the private collections of five families: Rothschild, Rosenberg, Bernheim-Jeune, David-Weill, and Schloss. The book is filled with private family photos of their art, some of which has never before been seen by the public, and it traces the fate of these works as they passed through the hands of top German officials, unscrupulous art dealers, and unwitting auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

The Member Gallery Book Club meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Club members must purchase their own copy of each book. Pre-registration is encouraged – all that’s needed is an active Alliance membership. The club continues on Tuesday, January 21 with a discussion of The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean.

Alliance individual memberships are $50 per year, families can join for $75 per year and students can become a member for just $15. Membership benefits include 20% discounts on all classes & workshops, a wide variety of FREE class Try It sessions, discounts on theatre tickets and youth camps, special exhibition opportunities and the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting a vibrant community of artists and art enthusiasts here in southwest Florida. Visit ArtInLee.org or call 239-939-2787 to become a member today.

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