Biltmore’s role parallels ‘Monuments Men’ movie
(Asheville Citizen-Times) In the new World War II movie “The Monuments Men,” George Clooney and Matt Damon are army officers assigned to save historic artworks before they were plundered or destroyed by Hitler. Asheville’s Biltmore Estate played a similar top-secret role when precious art was stashed at the big house house during the war. Famous works by Rembrandt, Raphael, Anthony van Dyck, — even Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington portrait — were whisked away from Washington’s National Gallery of Art by train and hidden at the estate to protect against attack.
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