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George Clooney’s Monuments Men in Real Life Featured at The Met

James J. Rorimer, one of art experts portrayed in George Clooney’s film “The Monuments Men,” will be featured in a new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit, highlighting his historic role saving priceless artworks during World War II. Rorimer became director of the Museum after the war. The film, starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman, is about museum directors, curators and art historians who go to war in search of plundered Nazi loot. ...

Eugene Delacroix Defaced Liberty Raises Security Issues Anew

Eugene Delacroix’s homage to the French Revolution, entitled “Liberty Leading the People” has been defaced by a “9/11 truther,” raising questions once again about museum security and public access to priceless works of art. The 29-year-old woman used an indelible maker to write “AE911″ on the 1830 painting, one of the best known symbols of the 18th century Gallic upheaval....