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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Random House, c1995
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Konstantin Akinsha; Grigorii Kozlov; Sylvia Hochfield
|Description:||xiii, 301 p.,  p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||The mysteries of the gold and amber --
The looting of Germany --
Hostages of the Cold War --
|Responsibility:||Konstantin Akinsha and Grigorii Kozlov, with Sylvia Hochfield.|
Works by such masters as Botticelli, El Greco, Goya, Delacroix, Picasso, Velazquez, Matisse, Renoir, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, and Degas made their way to the Soviet Union. It was not until the late 1980s, when the Soviet Union began to dissolve, that it was possible to piece together this story. Akinsha and Kozlov were instrumental in revealing it to the West and in forcing Russian authorities to acknowledge the existence of the secret depositories. The Hermitage exhibited its collection of previously hidden Impressionist paintings early in 1995, but the Russians have been adamant in their refusal to return the stolen things, and the fate of the trophy art continues to be hotly debated.