The Altarpiece

The Altarpiece In the suffocating atmosphere of the Third Reich art becomes a political issue When the renowned modern artist Dietrich Junger is condemned by Hitler s puritanical artistic purge his daughter Anke f

  • Title: The Altarpiece
  • Author: Lauren Fogle Boyd
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the suffocating atmosphere of the Third Reich, art becomes a political issue When the renowned modern artist Dietrich Junger is condemned by Hitler s puritanical artistic purge, his daughter Anke finds herself abandoned by the two men she loved most One is dead one has fled An expert on the object of Nazi obsession, the medieval Ghent Altarpiece, Anke is threatenedIn the suffocating atmosphere of the Third Reich, art becomes a political issue When the renowned modern artist Dietrich Junger is condemned by Hitler s puritanical artistic purge, his daughter Anke finds herself abandoned by the two men she loved most One is dead one has fled An expert on the object of Nazi obsession, the medieval Ghent Altarpiece, Anke is threatened by those desperate to loot Europe s great treasures She must walk a tightrope between her desire to rebel and her instinct to survive Erik Brossler, a young Jewish art historian, is the man who fled, emigrating to America with his parents just in time Erik is haunted by the loss of Anke and the imminent danger for Europe s priceless art When America enters the war, Erik s new journey takes him right into the heart of the inferno, brings him to the breaking point, and returns to him the great love of his life From historian and author Lauren Fogle Boyd comes a harrowing and heartwarming story about love, art, and humanity in a Europe devastated by war and atrocity With The Altarpiece, Boyd has written a novel of impressive depth and human warmth She has brought to life a fascinating and moving episode of history, taking the reader across continents, across time Vivid, thought provoking, and moving, this is an account of war, a story of love, and a tale of intrigue The Ghent altarpiece is one of the most beloved artworks of human history, and Boyd s novel shows us how a painting can grip the soul, and how its loss and liberation can become emblematic of the trials and tribulations of war, its recovery an analogy for the triumph of humanity Heidi Gearhart, Ph.D Assistant Professor of Art History, Assumption College.

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  • Lauren Fogle Boyd

    Dr Lauren Fogle Boyd did her BA in Journalism at the American University in Washington, DC.She did her MA in Medieval Studies and her Ph.D in history at Royal Holloway, University of London.She is a professor of history at UMASS Lowell.Her first novel, The Altarpiece, is now available See it here book show 1She is also the author of a history book entitled Colonial Marblehead From Rogues to Revolutionaries book show 32

  • 149 Comments

  • I was fortunate to get this book from a giveaway, so I thank , Lucky Bat Books, and Lauren Fogle Boyd for sending me this book. I loved it. As is my wont, I'll start with the mechanics. I'll not lie, it could have used another pass-through by a copy editor. There were some minor issues with missing or misplaced articles or punctuation marks, a little minor pronoun confusion, and a few repetitions of "it was a honor." I also have a pet peeve about third person past tense novels using temporal wo [...]


  • Lauren Fogle Boyd’s debut novel, The Altarpiece, is an engaging piece of historical fiction that revolves around classic art during World War II. Hitler himself was an amateur painter, and during the war he had initiatives to steal beloved art throughout Europe, bringing these works to Germany and destroying anything the Nazis considered “degenerate” (mainly modern art and Jewish works).I don’t consider myself knowledgeable about classic art at all, barely (and perhaps embarrassingly) re [...]


  • "The Altarpiece" brings together history, art, and the characters' quest to save the artistic heritage of Europe from the rapacious efforts of the Third Reich. Lauren Fogle Boyd's first novel immediately immerses the reader in a world of intrigue that makes cultural artifacts in every church, city, and private collection outside of Germany subject to the immediate plunder of the High Command.As the tense thirties lead to WWII, a wary cadre of European professors, curators, and collectors, includ [...]


  • I enjoyed this book very much. I received this book through the giveaway program and was very thankful for it. My favorite genre is historical fiction, 20th century, World War related stories, and I love novels that involve art, book collecting, etc. So this book hit on all my main cylinders, to begin with. Which, in itself, is not nearly enough to guarantee an enjoyable read, but the author came through in a big way and ensured my satisfaction!I learned a great deal about the war efforts in Eur [...]


  • I would have enjoyed this book more if I had not seen Monument's Men - as it covers the same turf, though in a slightly different way. It was thought-provoking and made for good discussion in book group. The person who was leading our discussion came up with some excellent questions, which helped. One problem is that the main character is generally appealing, but makes some choices that are never examined explicitly (she is punished somewhat within the context of the story, but only in general). [...]


  • Loved this book! The story is beautifully told as a mystery involving well developed characters that we quickly identify with and care about. This wonderful piece of fiction weaves historical detail into the human drama that defines the Nazi Germany period of history. With great attention to the details of the artwork at risk and the efforts to find and recover thousands of art treasures, Ms. Boyd doesn't lose sight of the human tragedy and loss. The detail regarding the art and artists was so r [...]


  • I want to thank both Lauren Fogle Boyd and First Reads Giveaway program for a copy of The Altarpiece that I won.The Altarpiece tells the story of how the Nazi's destroyed art and condemned artist, one being Dietrich Junger, who left behind a daughter, Anke. Anke finds herself alone when her father leaves her in death and the other man she cares for escapes from Germany with his family.That sets the stage for an amazing story told in a way that with each page a new twist is added to the story. L [...]


  • Even now, stories about the Second World War and the evil perpetrated by the Nazis exert a hold on us. What makes "The Altarpiece" so interesting and compelling is its unique point of view: it focuses on the theft and plunder of the world’s greatest art pieces by Hitler’s regime, becoming a metaphor for the destruction of civilization in Europe during this period.Ms. Fogle Boyd’s first novel interweaves historical events (thoroughly researched) with human passions. She then delivers an eng [...]


  • Really enjoyed this book. Perfect combo of history and art. My favorite kind of historical fiction. Loved it!Every time i read about how the Nazis emptied Europe of its art, i thank god that the majority of it was saved. The thought of all that history destroyed, is just scary. It is very scary that one person had the power to do that. And what is even terrifying to me? That we as humans, allowed such person to exist and have such power. We humans suck sometimes & we screw up big time!


  • Really enjoyed this book. Perfect combo of history and art. My favorite kind of historical fiction. Loved it!Every time i read about how the Nazis emptied Europe of its art, i thank god that the majority of it was saved. The thought of all that history destroyed, is just scary. It is very scary that one person had the power to do that. And what is even terrifying to me? That we as humans, allowed such person to exist and have such power. We humans suck sometimes & we screw up big time!


  • Amazing StoryThis was such an interesting book, made more so by the fact I read it on a trip to Italy. I'm assuming the movie The Monument Men was based on this book but I don't know if that is true. I highly recommend it.



  • An interesting subject but not a good novel. The characters are cardboard and the writing is pedestrian. The book also has frequent large chunks of undigested research thrown in.



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