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Defending National TreasuresFrench Art and Heritage Under Vichy$
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Elizabeth Karlsgodt

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770187

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770187.001.0001

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Art as a Negotiating Tool

Art as a Negotiating Tool

(p.235) 10 Art as a Negotiating Tool
Defending National Treasures
Stanford University Press

This chapter considers the fate of French museum collections, from the perspective of Franco–German negotiations. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring demanded spoils for his personal collection, targeting key pieces from the Louvre. After a series of contentious meetings, Jaujard and curators in the national museum administration agreed to an exchange involving from the French side two highly valuable objects: a sixteenth-century statue by Gregor Erhart, Saint Mary Magdalene, and a Renaissance altarpiece panel entitled Presentation in the Temple. Göring proudly displayed the objects at Carinhall, his hunting lodge and personal art gallery, but never offered equivalent pieces in exchange. Although the pieces were recovered after the war and returned to the Louvre, the fact remains that Jaujard and his colleagues accommodated a significant Nazi demand that was unlikely to result in a reasonable exchange.

Keywords:   French museum collections, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, art exchange, Louvre

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