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The Lady in Gold: The Story Behind the Nazi Art Theft Saga

  • Congregation Shir Hadash 20 Cherry Blossom Lane Los Gatos, CA, 95032 United States (map)

Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Block-Bauer (The Lady in Gold) was stolen, along with other works of art, by the Nazis during World War II. This portrait was so revered by the Austrians that it was regarded as a Mona Lisa.  Join Dr. Harvey as he shares his research and correspondence with Anne-Marie O’Connor, author of the book, The Lady in Gold, and with Randol Schoenberg, the lawyer who successfully prosecuted the case for Adele Block-Bauer’s only living heir. Go behind the scenes with Dr. Harvey to discover how the painting left Vienna and was returned to the rightful heir.

Van A. Harvey is Professor of Religious Studies (Emeritus) at Stanford University. Born in Hankow, China, he received a PhD. from Yale University in post-Enlightenment religious thought. Dr. Harvey has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, and distinguished teaching awards from both the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. An expert on fin de siècle Vienna, Dr. Harvey has taught classes at the University of Vienna.