Art: The Spoils of War

Marvin Ross is a small, grey-haired G-5 captain, who used to be associate curator of medieval art at Baltimore's Walters Gallery. His job is to locate, check and guard artistic treasures. Last fall, before Strasbourg and its vicinity had been cleared of corpses and ruins. Captain Ross found the hiding place of one of the world's greatest medieval paintings, the Isenheim Altar Screen by Matthias Grünewald. The treasure was stored in a vaulted room in Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, near Colmar, Alsace, 40 miles from Strasbourg.

The Grünewald masterpiece is a polyptych of six...

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