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Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures From the Nazis (2018)

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In late August 1939, as war loomed over Europe, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into special red-velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. Thus began the biggest evacuation of art and antiques in history. A small army of workers swiftly emptied the Louvre's cavernous galleries of all but the most cumbersome and fragile pieces and tucked away the displaced treasures in the châteaux of the Loire countryside. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France.
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In late August 1939, as war loomed over Europe, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into special red-velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. Thus began the biggest evacuation of art and antiques in history. A small army of workers swiftly emptied the Louvre's cavernous galleries of all but the most cumbersome and fragile pieces and tucked away the displaced treasures in the châteaux of the Loire countryside. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. *Closed pages yellowed*

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Author Gerri Chanel
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Place London
Year 2018
ISBN 9781785784453
Binding Paperback
Condition Good
Comments Closed pages yellowed

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