Painting found by ‘Monument Men' on display

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The picture "Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and Kind of Poland," hands in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art like many others. But what most people don't know is that it is one of many paintings looted during WWII that was found and returned by the "Monument Men."

The Monument Men are a subject of a moving coming out February 7 which follows those who searched for stolen art during the war, including pieces like Augustus the Strong.

According to Julian Zugazagoitia, director and CEO of the museum, the pieces were rescued out of a mine in Austria that was rigged with bombs in an attempt to destroy cultural heritage.

"So imagine these men and women who were not necessarily military training, but were art historians," Zugazagoitia said.

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