I could not help but notice, though, the subject matter of much of the art. Many of these most precious pieces of art were all about the Christian faith. In fact, in the movie two pieces in particular took center stage and served as the symbols for the massive amount of art that the Nazis confiscated. Those two pieces were the Bruges Madonna and Child and the altar piece of Ghent. The Bruges Madonna and Child was created by Michelangelo and depicts Mary and her toddler son, Jesus. The Ghent altar piece is a massive display of twelve hinged panels that were painted inside and out so that it could be displayed either open or closed. It was created by the van Eyck brothers in the fifteenth century.
The message of these pieces of art, especially the Ghent altar piece, could not be more clear. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. He died to take away the sin of the world, now rules over all and is the way to life without death and joy without sorrow. Is it not interesting that Hollywood can proclaim that art such as this is priceless and is the foundation of who we are as a civilization but somehow fail to note what that foundation actually is? The foundation is hope and faith in Jesus Christ. It is this faith that has made us free. The Monuments Men clearly said that this heritage, this foundation absolutely must be preserved. I could not agree more. I find it mystifying then to note that the same Hollywood that is so fervent about the art also for the most part wages war on the very faith that was the inspiration for the art they treasure so dearly. Perhaps they do not realize it is not the art that is most important, but the message the art depicts. It is the message that sets free the spirit to create such magnificent art. How curious that they can’t seem to see that.