Side-by-side portraits of Adam and Eve.

365 Days of Art: July 25 – Nazis Send Telegram About “Rescue” of Two Paintings Admired by Hitler

Side-by-side portraits of Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve, Lucas Cranach the Elder, oil on panel (diptych), 1528

July 25, 1944

SS General Karl Wolff sends a telegram to Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler, reporting on the “rescue” of two paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder (the diptych Adam and Eve), noting how much Hitler had admired them when he’d seen them in Florence, and asking “whether these art treasures should be brought to the Fuhrer’s headquarters.”

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