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About the Expert:
Robert K. Wittman joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1988. As a result of specialized training in art, antiques, jewelry and gem identification, he served as the FBI’s investigative expert involving cultural property crime. During his 20 year FBI career he recovered more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property which resulted in numerous prosecutions and convictions. As a result of his unique experience Mr. Wittman coauthored the FBI Cultural Property Investigative Manual in 2001. In 2005, he created the FBI’s rapid deployment national Art Crime Team (ACT). Mr. Wittman has represented the United States throughout the world conducting investigations and instructing international police and museums in recovery and use of high value asset security techniques. Mr. Wittman is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service-Officer Level, presented by the President of Peru, the White Cross of Law Enforcement Merit with Distinction, by the government of Spain, Director's Award for Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement from the U.S. Department of Justice, Robert Burke Award for Cultural Property Protection from the Smithsonian Institution, and the S.A.F.E Beacon Award from Saving Antiquities for Everyone. In 2010, Mr. Wittman penned his New York Times bestselling memoir “PRICELESS: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.” His second book, “THE DEVIL’S DIARY: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich” is a worldwide best seller published in 29 languages in more than 30 countries.
Wonderful presentation, bery interesting and well,presented!
I suppose in this day and age, we should not be shocked that unethical capitalism funded **** Germany. Dr. Ballard’s usual superb examination of a frightening topic.
Kate does a terrific job of weaving all these American ex-pats together. It's been fascinating. The Anglo-American community in Florence was small. Lots of opportunities for these artists to meet and mingle. Getting an overview of the known and new- to- me artists has been fun.
I am a professional artist and thought I knew a lot about Mark Rothko, but wanted to be more informed before I travel to Paris to see the Landmark Rothko Exhibition. I will be leading a small tour of my own while there. Dr. Hirsh's lecture was just superb - engaging, well-organized with many aspects of Rothko's life and career that I didn't know about, with great photos I had not yet seen. Her analysis of artworks was beautiful described, in addition to his career development. I highly recommend her lecture, and look forward to attending more from her on different topics in the future.
Fascinating presentation- learned a lot
Enjoyed the presentation and learned a lot.
As usual Dr Bell presented an excellent overview on the Civil War as well as focus subjects not on a traditional syllabus
This session was loaded with new items related to the civil war that I was unaware of..
Dr. Bell’s two level approach to the war really made the elements and topics stand out and memorable.
I've loved this whole series with Dr. Bell. I didn't realize how much I didn't know! I'm sorry that we only have a few more Context talks with him.
This talk was the BEST Richard Bell yet! I loved hearing the start of the Civil War interpretid by him, this most articulate man! I am looking forward to listening to the recording and sharing it with my daughter who is a Civil War fan like her mama!
Best description of the Civil War I have yet heard.
Very interesting- excellent how many beautiful paintings were integrated into the presentation
Another excellent, informative & fascinating lecture setting in vivid context American writers in Florence; how they formed a tight knit community and used their surroundings, villas and friends as source material. Superbly illustrated and inspiring : my ‘must read’ book list has grown significantly longer!
As an American, this enhanced even more my knowledge of Florence, a city I love. I hope to read some of the literature Kate mentioned. The videos greatly added to this too.
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