The Museum of Lost Art

Rogier van der Weyden’s Justice of Trajan and Herkinbald was destroyed in a fire in the late 17th century.  A 15th century tapestry that had copied part of its design is all that remains.
Rogier van der Weyden’s Justice of Trajan and Herkinbald was destroyed in a fire in the late 17th century. A 15th century tapestry that had copied part of its design is all that remains.
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In a new book, The Museum of Lost Art, (May 4, Phaidon, $35) author Noah Charney spotlights the great art that the world has lost.

What’s been destroyed, Carney writes in the book’s introduction, includes “more masterpieces than all of the world’s museums combined.”

In 280 pages, Carney provides examples of great artworks that are gone, from the looted statue of Zeus at Olympia to the Amber Room at the Russian Imperial Palace that the Nazis lost or destroyed. Sections include: Theft, War, Accident, Iconoclasm and Vandalism, Acts of God, Destroyed by Owner, Buried and Exhumed, Temporal Works, and Lost, or Never Was?

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