The Clark Photograph and Clippings Archive contains nearly a million images that were used to teach and study art in the early twentieth century. Sadly, some of these images represent the only remaining documentation of important works of art. The Lost Art Project draws on the Clark’s photograph and clipping collection to highlight these important lost works.
Today’s lost art work is St. Mary Magdalene, by Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787).
Batoni’s oil painting was destroyed in the Second World War, during three allied bombing raids of Dresden between February 13 and 14, 1945.