About the Journal
SPECIAL ISSUE "THE FATE OF ANTIQUITIES IN THE NAZI ERA"
(RIHA Journal 0282-0294)
A collaboration of the Getty Research Institute and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte,
guest-edited by Irene Bald Romano
Resting Hermes from the Villa dei Papiri, Herculaneum (Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale 5625), without its head, which was damaged in the course of its plunder. Photograph by Herbert List in the Munich CCP [Mü no. 2448], March 1946 (reprod. from print in Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Johannes Felbermeyer Collection, box 79, folder 8)
This publication was inspired by the 2017–2019 German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP). We hope that it will augment our understanding of the role of antiquities in the art world in the Nazi period, the aesthetics of National Socialism, antiquities collectors and dealers in Europe in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, and the various ways in which antiquities changed hands during the precarious Nazi period. The articles also provide a wealth of bibliographic and other resources, as well as a framework for research methodologies that can be employed by other scholars examining works of ancient art and archaeological objects that have a history in the Nazi period.