Time can be a complete menace to works of art. Dust, mold, mildew, dirt and even the varnish originally used on a painting can become thick and dark over the years, eventually obscuring or even completely hiding from view the original work.
Since the mid-20th century, the world has only ever heard one side of the most horrific war in human history. During the 75 years that have now passed, only a single narrative of the great conflict has been heard.
Culture and art in the German Third Reich achieved an unprecedented and incomparable level of perfection. Porcelain of the Third Reich includes ceramics inspired and created by craftsmen of a standard that are unlikely to be experienced ever again.
A painting by a Great Master that turns out to be a fake is an all too common story of the art world. But how about a “fake” that is revealed to be authentic?
There is a very interesting book written by a Mexican journalist called Salvador Borrego about WWII, whose title would translate: World Defeat (Derrota Mundial). In it, he explains how the Americans and the British won a war against themselves.
On February 1 1945, Poland’s General Anders reproached Winston Churchill for not adhering to the English guarantees (to defend Poland’s independence). He asked the unelected British Prime Minister. ‘What shall we say to our soldiers? Soviet Russia is now confiscating half of our territory and wants the remaining part of Poland to be managed according to her own fashion. We know from experience where that leads.’
The Soviet system built its reputation on all for one and one for all. This seems to be a euphemism for what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine.
Italian police found in Naples a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Savior of the World (“Salvator Mundi”) , which is the most expensive painting in the world. This was reported on January 19 by CNN.
The works of art which were confiscated, stolen, or burnt on Polish territory between 1939 and 1945 number hundreds of thousands. Here, we haven’t written about those which were destroyed and lost forever, but instead focus on the ones which still exist somewhere, and remain to be found.
At official functions, European royalty can often be seen wearing tiaras that resemble an old Russian headdress called the kokoshnik. In Russia, empresses and grand duchesses wore this kind of tiara beginning from Catherine the Great’s rule during the second half of the 18th century. Outside of Russia, the fashion for the tiare russe developed thanks to Queen Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII and sister of the Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna, wife of Alexander III. Some of those tiaras still include the word “kokoshnik” in their official names, although they never actually belonged to any members of the Russian royal family