About Robert Edsel
- Robert Edsel delivers a one of a kind multi-media presentation that makes culture, history, and art relevant and boldly explores the question: Is art worth a life?
- Monuments Men adapted for film—written by, directed by, and starring George Clooney & all-star cast—Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett
- A unique and inspiring program; Edsel draws capacity audiences young and old from all walks of life
Robert Edsel, a former nationally ranked tennis player and pioneering oilman, is recognized today as one of the world’s foremost advocates for art preservation. While living in Florence, he developed a great passion for art and architecture and became curious as to how so many of the monuments and great works of art survived the thefts and devastation of World War II. What began as a question evolved into an impassioned journey to unravel the secrets and heroics of the Monuments Men, the unsung heroes who saved the world’s greatest art and cultural treasures for the benefit of civilization. Edsel has dedicated the last ten years of his life to the meticulous research of these cultural heroes, which culminated in Edsel’s New York Times best-selling book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.
George Clooney wrote, directed and stars in the film adaptation of The Monuments Men, which hit theaters to rave reviews in February 2014. The film features an all-star cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban (GTN Exclusive).
Nazi Treasure Hunters is an eight-part investigative documentary television series that takes the clues of the Monuments Men and Women and continues their mission searching for some of the hundreds of thousands of works of art and cultural treasures missing since the end of World War II. Think of it as “America’s Most Wanted for culture.” Robert Edsel and his team of investigators have traveled to twelve countries around the globe, determined to reunite long sought treasures with their rightful owners. Nazi Treasure Hunters debuted in the United Kingdom and Canada in Fall 2017, and in May 2018 in the United States and elsewhere around the globe.