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The fate of art stolen by the Nazis has become a cause célèbre in recent decades; Boston University professor of history Charles Dellheim turns this story on its head by revealing how certain Jewish outsiders came to acquire so many old and modern masterpieces in the first place – and what this reveals about Jews, art, and modernity. From the 19th century to the present day, Belonging and Betrayal tells the epic story of the fortunes and misfortunes of a small number of eminent art dealers and collectors who, against the odds, played a pivotal role in the migration of works of art from Europe to the United States and in the triumph of modern art.
In conversation with art historian and author Patrick Bade.
The son of a German Jewish refugee, Charles Dellheim was born in New York City. Professor of History at Boston University and founding director of its Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College, he earned his doctorate at Yale University in Modern European Cultural History and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University Business School, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. His previous books include The Face of the Past: The Preservation of the Medieval Inheritance in Victorian England and The Disenchanted Isle: Mrs. Thatcher’s Capitalist Revolution.
Patrick Bade is an art historian. His works include Femme Fatal: Images of Evil and Fascinating Women, and studies of artists such as Degas, Klimt and Renoir.