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War and Art is that an oxymoron? I just finished watching the film by modern-day nobleman George Clooney, The Monuments Men, based on Robert Edsel’s 2009 book of the same name. If you love art and art history you’ll love this film, based on a the true story of a group of men who during the second world war saved, liberated and return millions of pieces of art and literature that was stolen and destined for destruction by the Nazi’s.  One of the pieces recovered and the theme of the film was the above pictured Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, which was safely returned to it’s original home in Bruges, Belgium. The film is both well written, directed and acted – one would expect no less from Clooney, and well worth watching even if your not an art fan.  An odd mix of war-time drama and art lovers adventure, the film appeals to both men and women, a sure hit for all, but best of all it portrays a little known story about yet another group of war heros, who risked their lives to save treasured history, religious works, art and culture. Thanks for bringing the story to life and many more thanks to the real Monuments Men. To see more about the other famous pieces of art that were saved: http://www.businessinsider.com/monuments-men-famous-works-of-art-2014-2

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