On Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Cynthia Saltzman, author of Plunder: Napoleon’s Theft of Veronese’s Feast, a book Publishers Weekly calls “a rich and rewarding look at the legacy of wartime art theft and the turbulent life of an Italian masterpiece.”
Expertly researched and deftly told, Plunder chronicles one of the most spectacular art appropriation campaigns in history, one that sheds light on a seminal historical figure and the complex origins of one of the great museums of the world. The book recounts the fate of Paolo Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana, a vast, sublime canvas that the French, under the command of the young Napoleon Bonaparte, tore from the wall of a monastery in Venice in 1797. Through the story of this masterpiece, Saltzman tells the larger story of Napoleon’s looting of Italian art and its role in the creation of the Louvre.
Saltzman is the author of Portrait of Dr. Gachet: The Story of a Van Gogh Masterpiece and Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures. A former reporter for Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, she is the recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and has degrees in art history from Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley.
Copies of Plunder will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins.
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