The Hudson Library will be hosting Cynthia Saltzman on May 19th at 7pm. Saltzman will be discussing her book Plunder.
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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.
"A highly original work of history . . . [Saltzman] has written a distinctive study that transcends both art and history and forces us to explore the connections between the two.” —Roger Lowenstein, The Wall Street Journal