Art: Europe's Loss

The human detritus was buried or carted away. The rubble had been heaped into piles, like unmelting snow, or trucked out of town and dumped. Slowly the skeletons of Europe's wrecked palaces, cathedrals and cities had emerged. The cultural bill for Europe's latest berserk spree was on the table. A comprehensive picture book, out this week (Lost Treasures of Europe, Pantheon; $5), tots up that bill.

In painting and sculpture, the price had been comparatively small. The Germans had destroyed or stolen some $2,000,000,000 worth of art, but most of the movable stuff eventually...

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