Robert Edsel

Author and Founder & President of the Monuments Men Foundation

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Robert Edsel delivers an enlightening and interactive presentation that audiences haven’t seen from anyone else. He brings together history and culture on stage using slides of treasured monuments, never before seen works of art, and little known historical anecdotes. By bringing the story of the Monuments Men to the forefront—and shedding light on all they risked and sacrificed to preserve art and culture—Edsel compels audiences to explore the question: Is art worth a life?  Edsel also asks: What can we do now to preserve artifacts from the past?

Robert Edsel is an engaging and passionate speaker! Our room of nearly 500 guests was enthralled from beginning to end. At the VIP reception he was warm, down to earth, and generous with every guest.

- Corpus Christie Metro Ministries

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.

Speech Topics

  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes_ Nazi Thieves_ and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
  • Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis
  • From Success to Significance: Living a Life of Greater Meaning
  • An Evening with Robert Edsel

Books and Media

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Robert Edsel: My FOX dfw: Dallas man brings "The Monument Men" story to light


The Getty Iris: The Monuments Men and the Race to Save Masterpieces, A Q&A with Robert Edsel


Robert Edsel Newsday: 'Saving Italy' follows WWII Monuments Men


Wall Street Journal Book Review: Robert Edsel's "Saving Italy"


Robert Edsel for The Daily Beast: WWII’s Guardians of the Lost Art: The Artist Warriors Who Protected Italy’s Cultural Artifacts


Robert Edsel: The Wall Street Journal: He Drills for Answers


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