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The Monuments Men

DePaul professor discusses her efforts to protect world's cultural heritage

DePaul professor discusses her efforts to protect world's cultural heritage

Patty Gerstenblith was working as a research associate at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the late 1970s when a cumbersome project and an ownership dispute over a statue got her interested in the law. After an art scholar discovered there were large quantities of fake historical artifacts housed in American museums, Gerstenblith was tasked with determining which pieces of a collection of Luristan bronzes at Cincinnati's museum were authentic — or not. This required knowing every object's history, or provenance. "I realized, after a while, that all of the examples of these types of objects had only been bought on the market," she said. "None of them had...

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