With all of the press about the recent blockbuster movie The Monuments Men, directed, written, and produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, imagine our surprise when we learned that there is a hooked rug in the Museum Textile Services study collection made by a monuments man!
While the blockbuster movie downplays the contributions of Monuments Women, textile conservators and historians alike are familiar with the name Edith Standen. After working for two years in Germany, Standen returned to the United States to become the Curator of Textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She wrote a pivotal two-volume series on the Metropolitan's tapestry collection, entitled European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is still used for reference today.
Now that the film The Monuments Men is due out on DVD, we look forward to seeing it again and gaining even more appreciation for what the Greatest Generation did for our's.