In typical fashion, I’m of two minds about something. Happens all the time.
I’m a little upset that an article I found on a large, well known web site essentially panders to the lowest common denominator. It bothers me more than a little that I’m caught by this pandering, but hear me out. The article is “Artistic Masterpieces That Have Been Stolen, Destroyed or Lost”. You can find it here: http://io9.com/artistic-masterpieces-that-have-been-stolen-destroyed-1440069572
The vast majority of the “destruction” happened during the fighting of WWII. I’ll admit I was caught by the title, but there was a very limited focus after that. It’s one of the things that disappoints me about media on a regular basis. It’s very easy to be down on any large media source for things like that. Are paintings the only artistic masterpieces? That certainly seems to be the focus. There certainly wasn’t any sculpture mentioned… like I said, easy to criticize.
On the other hand, at least there is attention being brought to this kind of thing. I would never have known that being “blown away” had a literal beginning had I not read the article. It’s brutal, but it lead me into further reading and other topics that I’m very interested to learn about. The longer I read, the more I thought how interesting this story could have been. Others seem to share my view – both before and after the article. I’m actually hoping a new movie that’s coming out will help things along in terms of learning about art and how it features in our history. Check out the trailer here: http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/the-monuments-men/trailer