Throughout history, some of the world's most amazing works of art have simply disappeared. Through re-enactment, rare archive, and expert comment we see how these treasures were looted, stolen or vanished into the archives. Some have been recovered but many more are still waiting to be found.
1. Hitler's Art Dealer
In Munich in 2013 a giant haul of missing masterpieces was discovered. Cornelius Gurlitt was the man behind it and we investigate how his father's job was to purchase works for Hitler himself as part of his Fuhrermuseum
2. The Hunt For Faberge Eggs
Each year Carl Fabergé made a, one of a kind Easter egg for the Tsar’s family. But Carl was forced to flee Russia during the revolution and 8 of these priceless Imperial Eggs went missing. With one of the elusive 8 recently uncovered could the others seven survived the chaos of 1917.
3. Ep 3 – Van Gogh’s Guardian
When Van Gogh died he was a complete unknown, his paintings fetching under 10 dollars. So how did his works become some of the most revered and expensive in the world? His sister in law Johanna is to thank for that. With a new Van Gogh having been discovered just last year, where are the rest?
4. Monuments Men
During WWII the Nazis plundered some of the world’s greatest art works as they tore across Europe. We find out how the Allies tracked them down, what they saved and what it still missing to this day.
5. Leonardo And The Mona Lisa
The story of the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 from the Louvre and how Pablo Picasso was accused if the crime. Plus the incredible tales of how many other of da Vinci's works were lost to history and had to be reclaimed
6. Vanishing Vermeers: The Dutch didn’t appreciate what they had. For 200 years Vermeer was completely forgotten. Try to recover a lost man’s masterpieces has driven men to great extremes and gave rise to one of the greatest forgers the world has ever seen.
The programme features contributions from Art Historian Calandra Caldecott, the foremost Leonardo expert Professor Martin Kemp from Oxford University and Professor Marina Wallace from Central Saint Martins in London to learn more about the painting, its story and why it remains unique. The programme explores other extraordinary stolen and/or discovered works by Leonardo Da Vinci including the theft of Madonna of the Yarnwinder in Scotland, and why great works of art are stolen when they cannot be sold on.
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