Lost artworks

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Portrait of a Lady by Caravaggio, formerly in the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum, Berlin. Believed destroyed in the Friedrichshain Flakturm, Berlin, 1945

Lost artworks are original pieces of art that credible sources indicate once existed but that cannot be accounted for in museums or private collections or are known to have been destroyed deliberately or accidentally, or neglected through ignorance and lack of connoisseurship.

For lost literary works, see Lost work. For films, see List of lost films.

Works are listed chronologically by when they were created, not by when they were destroyed or lost.

Classical era[edit]

5th century[edit]

6th century[edit]

8th century[edit]

11th century[edit]

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17th century[edit]

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

Works destroyed in the Murrah Building Bombing[edit]

In the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, many works of art were destroyed.[8] The Oklahoma City National Memorial displays art that survived the bombing.

An untitled acrylic sculpture by Fred Eversley was severely damaged, but survived the blast.

21st century[edit]

Works destroyed in the September 11 attacks[edit]

Many works of art were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.

Countless other works of art and valuable artifacts, found in safe deposit boxes located throughout the towers, were also destroyed.

Two other sculptures were damaged, but not destroyed by the attacks. These are Red Cube by Isamu Noguchi and Joie de Vivre by Mark di Suvero, located down the street from the World Trade Center. They were repaired and still stand today.

Works destroyed in the Momart fire[edit]

Many works by Britartists in the Saatchi collection, as well as work by other artists in different collections, were destroyed in the Momart warehouse fire in Leyton, east London, on May 24, 2004.

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  1. ^ Crook 1981, p. 413
  2. ^ Crook 1981, p. 414
  3. ^ Djordjevic, Marija (13 September 2009). "Čileanski muzej krije odgovore". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Jones, Jonathan (May 6, 2008). "Klimt's Dazzling demons". The Guardian. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ SheilaTGTG55 (October 13, 2011). "The Fire At Schloss Immendorf". Open Salon. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The destruction of the Newport Chartist Mural is a needless and casual act of cultural vandalism", The Independent, October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Govan, Fiona (July 11, 2006). "Anyone seen our missing 38-ton sculpture?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ An Oklahoma Tribute. US General Services Administration. pp. 24, 38–45. 

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