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Yesterday, part of UKTV’s network of ten channels, is to air Raiders of the Lost Art.

Throughout history some of the world’s most amazing and renowned works of art have simply disappeared. In this six part series, from 3DD Productions, the programme investigates how these treasures were looted, stolen or have completely vanished. Some have been recovered, but many more are still waiting to be found.

“It is astonishing that the works of such well-known artists such as Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Picasso can just vanish. Raiders of the Lost Art, through dramatic re-enactment and rare archive material, seeks to explore the fascinating mysteries behind the disappearance of these priceless masterpieces.” – Adrian Wills, General Manager of Yesterday

One episode focuses on the Führermuseum, an unrealised museum complex planned by Adolf Hitler to display the collection of art plundered or stolen by the Nazis throughout Europe during World War II. It was not until 2012 that a giant haul of these artworks was discovered in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of Hilter’s art dealer.

Another episode explains the 1911 theft of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre, Paris. Pablo Picasso was one of the main suspects, until it was discovered two years later that an employee of the museum was behind this famous heist. The series will air later this year.

There are so many engaging stories to tell and we are happy that Yesterday have got on board the first series. – Dominic Saville, series Executive Producer

Yesterday is UKTV’s channel that looks to the past in with factual and drama.

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