Lost artworks (Redirected from Lost painting)

Lost artworks are original pieces of art that credible sources indicate once existed but that cannot be accounted for in museums or private collections or are known to have been destroyed deliberately or accidentally or neglected through ignorance and lack of connoisseurship.

Research and recovery efforts

The Art Loss Register is a commercial computerized international database which captures information about lost and stolen art, antiques and collectables. It is operated by a commercial company based in London.

In the U.S., the FBI maintains the National Stolen Art File, "a database of stolen art and cultural property. Stolen objects are submitted for entry to the NSAF by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad."

A number of search and recovery efforts were created in response to major loss events, notably:

Chronology of notable loss events

List of Wikipedia articles on notable missing artworks

List of Wikipedia articles and article sections on notable missing artworks
Artist and work Creation date(s) (est.) Year lost (est.) Loss event Commission, provenance, documentation and surviving copies notes
Phidias Athena Parthenos -447447 BCE 950 Originally in the Parthenon. Replicas and other works inspired by the original.
Lysippus Agias bronze -399399-400 BCE Marble copy found and preserved in Delphi
Lysippus Eros Stringing the Bow bronze -399399-400 BCE Various copies exist
Lysippus Alexander the Great bronzes -356356-323 BCE
Lysippus Oil Pourer bronze -340 340-330 BCE Roman marble copies
Lysippus Hercules bronze -340 340-330 BCE Marble copy by Glykon
Lysippus Apoxyomenos bronze -330 330 BCE Multiple marble copies
Saint Luke Hodegetria 0060 60-84 AD 1261 Many copies exist.
Giotto Madonna panel 1297–1337 1406- Bequeathed by Petrarch to Francesca da Carrara, lord of Padua, in 1370
Scolland/Lanfranc (attrib.), embroiderers Bayeux Tapestry, portions 1070–79 1137-(?) Estate dispersal Possibly in possession of Adela of Normandy
Duccio Virgin of the Assumption 1308 1771 Dismantled Panel of the Maestà altarpiece
Duccio Ascension of Christ 1308 1771 Dismantled Panel of the Maestà altarpiece
Duccio Christ in Majesty 1308 1771 Dismantled Panel of the Maestà altarpiece
Giotto Stories of the Apostles frescoes 1314–1328 1700-99 Whitewashed For the Giugni Chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence
Martini, Simone Laura (Laura de Noves) 1327–44 Portrait is the subject of Sonnets 77 and 78, Rime sparse (1372) by Petrarch
Giotto Commune of Florence allegorical fresco 1328–1337 Palazzo del Podestà. Vasari described a seated judge with sceptre, flanked by figures of Fortitude, Prudence, Justice and Temperance.
Donatello Joshua terra cotta 1410 1750 Disintegrated North tribune of the Duomo of Florence
Van Eyck Woman Bathing 1420–30 1628- Depicted in Willem van Haecht's Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest; it or a copy was in Antwerp in 1628
Fra Angelico Painted Crucifix 1423 For the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence
Van Eyck The Just Judges 1430–32 1934 Ghent Altarpiece theft Ghent Altarpiece panel. A photograph of the original and copies exist.
Lombardo, Tullio Eve 1490 1819 Lost when the Vendramin tomb was moved to Santi Giovanni e Paolo.
Giorgione The Birth of Paris 1492-1510 1650- Copied by David Teniers the Younger. Fragment of two shepherds may survive at Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest).
Carpaccio The Trial of Saint Stephen 1511-20 1806 Napoleonic looting Scuola di San Stefano, Venice. A drawing for the modello survives in the Uffizi
da Vinci Medusa (unfinished) <1500 1553–99 Collection of Cosimo I
da Vinci Leda and the Swan 1508 1625- Disappeared from Fontainebleau. Wilton House has a copy by Cesare da Sesto.
da Vinci The Battle of Anghiari 1505 1555-72 Renovation Palazzo Vecchio. Central section copied by Rubens
Correggio Albinea Madonna 1517-19 1657- Collection of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
Michelangelo Leda and the Swan 1530 Gifted to Antonio Mini, taken to France then disappeared. Engraved by Cornelis Vos in 1537
Michelangelo Hercules marble 1492–1494 1713-33 Renovation Disappeared during the destruction of the Jardin de l'Etange at Fontainebleau.
Michelangelo David resting his foot on the severed head of Goliath bronze 1502-1508 1794–95 French Revolution Chateau de Villeroy (destroyed in the early 19th century)
Raphael Portrait of a Young Man 1513–14 1939 Nazi plunder
Raphael Saint Catherine of Alexandria 1655- English Civil War / Estate dispersal Collection of Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel. Engraved by Wenceslas Hollar
Vincidor, Tommaso Portrait of Albrecht Dürer in Black Hat and Cloak 1520 Depicted in the 17th-century gallery of Cornelis van der Geest painted by Willem van Haecht
Cellini The Wedding of Neptune and Amphitrite silver bowl 1796 Napoleonic looting or reparations Taken from the Chapter of the Basilica of Santa Barbara, Modena
Brueghel the Elder Market Day Depicted in the 17th-century gallery of Cornelis van der Geest painted by Willem van Haecht
Titian Portrait of Isabella d'Este in Red 1524-36 1640- Estate dispersal A copy by Rubens is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Titian Venus in Front of her Mirror 1555-76 1800–1899 Spanish royal collection. A copy by Rubens survives
Vasari or Bronzino Portrait of Bianca Cappello 1572- 1842 Estate dispersal Purchased from Vitelli palace and gifted to Horace Walpole in 1754. Auctioned from Strawberry Hill House in 1842 (Lot 92, 20th day)
Carracci Christ head 1580-1609 1945 World War II Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden
Lorrain, Claude Aeneas and the Sibyl of Cumae 1666–1673 Collection of Prince Falconieri. Liber Veritatis 183
Rubens Judith Beheading Holofernes 1609 Known only though the 1610 engraving by Cornelis Galle the Elder
Rubens Susannah and the Elders 1617–18 Engraved 1620 by Lucas Vosterman
Rubens Satyr, Nymph, Putti and Leopards 1618 Now known only from engraving
Rubens Equestrian Portrait of the Archduke Albert
Van Dyck Portrait of Jules Mazarin before his appointment as Cardinal 1641 1652 The Fronde Sold by the Tribunal of Paris in early 1652
Poussin Women Bathing 1633–1634 Luigi Omodei (1607–1685) collection.
Rembrandt The Circumcision 1646 1700–99 Collection of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange. Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum has a presumptive copy.
Vermeer Gentleman washing his hands in a perspectival room with figures, artful and rare 1653-75 1696- Last known at the Dissius auction, Holland, sold for 95 guilders
Caravaggio A portrait of Alof de Wignacourt
Caravaggio Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence 1609 1969 Stolen Oratory of San Lorenzo, Palermo
Velasquez The Jester Francesco de Ochoa 1633-40 1701- Queen's quarters, Buen Retiro Palace
Velasquez Cardenas the Toreador 1633-40 1701- Queen's quarters, Buen Retiro Palace
Velasquez Pelican with Bucket and Donkeys 1623-35 1701- Buen Retiro Palace
Oudry, Jean-Baptiste The White Duck 1753 1990 Houghton Hall theft
Watteau Autumn 1717-18 1820- Pierre Crozat collection. Engraved in the Recueil Jullienne.
Watteau Winter 1717-18 1920- Pierre Crozat collection. Engraved in the Recueil Jullienne.
Oudry, Jean-Baptiste Jay and Oriole Hung by the Feet Exhibited at the Salon of 1751
Tiepolo, Gianbattista Mars Resting ceiling painting 1762-68 1941 World War II Rinaldi's Chinese palace, Oranienbaum. Sent to Pavlovsk for safety, vanished
David Louis-Michel le Peletier, marquis de Saint-Fargeau on his Death Bed 1793 Exhibited with David's Marat in the courtyard of the Louvre, 16 October 1793. An engraving by Anatole Desvoges exists
Blake A Vision of the Last Judgment 1808 Earlier versions and sketches survive, but the final version has not been seen since the cancellation of an 1810 exhibit it was to have been part of
Turner Aeneas Relating his Story to Dido 1850
Banvard, John Mississippi River Panorama 1840–46 1850–99 Cut into pieces
Renoir Summer Evening 1864 1865 Paris Salon
Renoir Landscape with two people 1866 1939-1945 Nazi Plunder and Soviet looting Depicted in Bazille's Studio. Lower half survives as Woman with a Bird
Monet La Sortie du port 1867-68 Smaller studies and sketches for the now lost painting survive as The Entrance to the Port of Le Havre held by the Norton Simon Museum.
Cézanne View of Auvers-sur-Oise 1873–75 1999 Ashmolean Museum theft
Bracquemond, Marie Les Muses des arts 1878 1919- Last reported location was at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1919
Bracquemond, Marie The Swallow 1880
Vereshchagin, Vasily Suppression of the Indian Revolt by the English 1884 1891- Sold in New York to an unknown buyer
Hirémy-Hirschl, Adolf The Plague in Rome 1884
Van Gogh The Lovers: The Poet's Garden IV 1888 1937 Nazi plunder Declared degenerate and confiscated
Saint-Gaudens Diana bronze sculpture (first version) 1891-92 Designed to crown the Madison Square Garden tower. Replaced by the artist with a lighter, smaller copper version
Cassatt Modern Woman tympanum mural 1892 1893- Institutional neglect Over Women's Building entrance, World's Columbian Exposition
Fabergé Hen with Sapphire Pendant 1886 1922 Russian Revolution
Fabergé Cherub with Chariot 1888 1922 Russian Revolution
Fabergé Necessaire egg 1889 1922 Russian Revolution
Fabergé Mauve egg 1898 1922 Russian Revolution
Jovanović, Paja Furor Teutonicus monumental painting 1899 1911–39 Institutional neglect Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts. Belgrade City Museum has a heliogravure copy and sketch in oils.
Fabergé Royal Danish Egg 1903 1922 Russian Revolution
Fabergé Alexander III Commemorative Egg 1909 1922 Russian Revolution
Metzinger, Jean Nu à la cheminée 1910 Black & white images survive
Metzinger, Jean Man with a Pipe 1911–12 1998 Missing from Lawrence University since 1998, having disappeared while in transit on loan. Images survive
Gleizes, Albert Paysage près de Paris (Landschaft bei Paris) 1912 1937 Nazi plunder Black & white image survive
Metzinger, Jean En Canot 1913 1938- Nazi plunder Displayed at the Degenerate Art Exhibition in Munich and other cities, 1937–38, confiscated. Black & white images survive
Dix The Trench 1936 1937 Nazi Plunder
Bacon Study after Velázquez III 1950–1953 1953- Third in a series of portraits after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1650.
Duchamp Fountain (Duchamp) 1917 1918 Black & white images survive, as do sixteen artist-sanctioned replicas
Kapoor, Anish Hole and Vessel wood and cement sculpture 1984 2004 Probably stolen Discovered missing from its storage unit
Serra Equal-Parallel/Guernica-Bengasi a 38-ton metal sculpture 1986 2006 Possibly theft Formerly displayed at the Reina Sofia museum. Could not be located in 2006

Chronology of notable find events

List of Wikipedia articles on notable finds

Notable finds
Artist and work Creation date(s) (est.) Year lost (est.) Year found Loss event and recovery
Agesander/Athenodoros/Polydorus Laocoön and His Sons 27 BC-68 AD 1506-1906 Destruction of Emperor Titus' palace; recovered during vineyard excavations.
Caravaggio The Taking of Christ 1602 1802 1990 Misattribution by heirs of Ciriaco Mattei
Bacon Study after Velázquez I 1950–53 1953 1999 Thought destroyed by the artist
Bacon Study after Velázquez II 1950–53 1953 1999 Thought destroyed by the artist
Courbet Femme nue couchée 1862 1945 2000 Soviet looting of Budapest
Cimabue Virgin and Child with Two Angels 1280-89 1800-99 2000 Possibly Napoleonic looting of art
Giovane, Palma Francesco St Jerome 1595 1750–99 2008
Bereny, Robert Sleeping Lady with Black Vase 1920 1929 2009 Spotted as a prop in the film Stuart Little
Monet Beach in Pourville 1882 2000 2010 National Museum, Poznań theft
Van Dyck Magistrate of Brussels oil sketch 1634 1695 2012 Overpainting
Fabergé Third Imperial Egg 1887 1922 2012 Russian Revolution
Gauguin Fruits on a table or still life with a small dog 1889 1970 2014 Terrence Kennedy residence, London, theft
Van Gogh Beach at Scheveningen in Stormy Weather 1882 2002 2016 2002 Van Gogh Museum theft
Van Gogh Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen 1884 2002 2016 2002 Van Gogh Museum theft
Cimabue The Mocking of Christ 1280-89 1800-99 2019 Possibly Napoleonic looting of art
Picasso Head of a Woman 1939 2012 2021 2012 Athens National Gallery theft
Mondrian Stammer Windmill 1905 2012 2021 2012 Athens National Gallery theft
Caravaggio Judith Beheading Holofernes 1604-05 1700 2014

Lists of Wikipedia articles on notable destroyed artworks

List of Wikipedia articles and article sections on notable artworks presumed destroyed
Artist and work Creation date(s) (est.) Year lost (est.) Loss event Commission, provenance, documentation and surviving copies
Polygnotus Sack of Troy -475 475-425 BCE Lesche of the Knidians. Pausanias in Description of Greece, Chapter X
Polygnotus Odysseus in the Underworld -475 475-425 BCE Lesche of the Knidians. Pausanias in Description of Greece, Chapter X
Phidias Lemnian Athena bronze -450 450-440 BCE Parthenon
Zeuxis Female Centaur Nursing a Pair of Twins -450 450-400 BCE -86 86 BCE Antikythera wreck Looted by Roman General Sulla in the First Mithridatic War
Phidias Statue of Zeus at Olympia -435 435 BCE 0448 448 Lauseion fire
Lysippus Seated Herakles colossal bronze -399 399-400 BCE 1204 1204 Fourth Crusade Taras Acropolis, then the Capitoline Hill, then the Constantinople Hippodrome
Praxiteles Aphrodite of Knidos marble -365 365 BCE 0306 306-95 Persecution of pagans Temple of Aphrodite, Knidos. Iris Love found statue fragments in 1970.
Chares of Lindos Colossus of Rhodes -292 292-280 BCE -226 226 BCE Rhodes earthquake
Regisole 0193 193-526 1796 Jacobin vandalism Erected at Ravenna. Moved to Pavia in the Middle Ages.
Portraits of western and eastern imperial family members mosaic 0425 425 1747 Rebuilding San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna
Portrait of the bishop of Ravenna mosaic 0425 425 1747 Rebuilding San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna
Buddhas of Bamyan 0500 500-99 2001 2001 Taliban iconoclasm
Icon of Christ Chalkites 0600 600 0726 726-30 Byzantine Iconoclasm Copies exist.
Cavallini, Pietro Stories from the New and Old Testament fresco cycles 1277-85 1823 Fire Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Cimabue Diptych of Devotion panels 1280 1280-89
Giotto Navicella mosaic 1305 1305-13 1650 1650 Reconstruction Outside Old Saint Peter's Basilica. Copies and drawings exist. Replicated.
Guariento Paradise 1338 1338-70 1577 1577 Doge's Palace fire Doge's Palace
Monaco, Lorenzo Virgin Enthroned with Saints and Angels 1420 1945 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
da Fabriano, Gentile Various works 1405 1405-27 1577 1577 Doge's Palace fire Doge's Palace
Pisanello Various works 1415 1415-55 1577 1577 Doge's Palace fire Doge's Palace
Pisanello Hunting scenes frescoes 1424-40 1527 War of the League of Cognac Visconti Castle for Filippo Maria Visconti
Pisanello Saint George Sheathing his Sword fresco 1433-38 1826 Water damage Pellegrini chapel, Sant'Anastasia, Verona
Masaccio Sagra del Carmine fresco 1422 1600 Renovation Cloister of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence
Uccello, Paolo Saint Peter Blessing mosaic 1426 1425-30 1618 1618 Renovation Basilica of San Marco façade
Lippi, Filippo Bestowal of the Carmelite Rule fresco 1426 1425-69 1771 1771 Fire and Flood Cloister of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence. Fragments survive in place
da Fabriano, Gentile and Pisanello Frescoes 1427/28 1647 Reconstruction Basilica of Saint John Lateran
Donatello Abundance 1428 1750 Weathering Baptistery of the Duomo, later Mercato Vecchio. Copied in terra cotta
da Panicale, Masolino and Uccello Illustrious Men fresco cycle 1432 For the Palace of Cardinal Orsini in Rome. A watercolor copy by Leonardo da Besozzo survives
van der Weyden The Justice of Trajan and Herkinbald 1439 1695 Bombardment of Brussels Brussels Town Hall. Bern Historical Museum has tapestry copies.
del Castagno, Andrea Flagellation fresco 1440-57 1650 Cloister of the Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence
Van Eyck Madonna of Nicolas van Maelbeke 1441 1792–1815 French occupation of The Netherlands St Martin's Cathedral. Copy in Germanisches Nationalmuseum.
Christus, Petrus (attributed) Crucifixion 1444 1942 World War II Dessau Palace/Palais Reina. Black and white photograph survives.
Veneziano, Domenico and del Castagno, Andrea Life of the Virgin frescoes 1450-52 1594 In the church of Sant' Egidio (Santa Maria Nuova), Florence
Mantegna Lives of Saint James and Saint Christopher frescoes 1450-57 1944 World War II Ovetari Chapel. Photographs survive.
da Messina, Antonello Scenes from the life of Saint Nicholas altarpiece 1450-76 1908 Messina earthquake For the Confraternity of San Nicolò della Montagna in Messina, seen by Cavalcaselle in 1871
Fra Angelico, school of Last Judgment 1456 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
della Francesca, Piero Frescoes 1456 Destroyed?
Foppa, Vincenzo Triumph of Trajan fresco 1457 1456-1500 1863 Demolition Done for the Medici bank in the Via de' Bossi, Milan. A fragment survives in the Wallace Collection, London
Mantegna Lamentation of the People over the Dead Gattamelata 1457-60 1760 Palazzo Gattamelata, Padua. A related drawing is in The Wallace Collection, London
Perugino Adoration of the Magi fresco 1466-80 1529 Siege of Florence For the convent of S. Giusto alle Mura
Botticelli Paintings on "pagan" subjects 1470-92 1497 Bonfire of the Vanities
Bellini, Giovanni Saint Catherine of Siena Altarpiece (Sacra Conversazione) 1470-1500 1867 Chapel of the Rosary of the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice
Signorelli, Luca The Court of Pan (The School of Pan) 1472-74 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire Painted c. 1490 at the request of Lorenzo de' Medici. Black and white photo and reconstruction drawing (2021) by Olivier Maceratesi
Signorelli, Luca Madonna and Saints fresco 1474 1789 In the Tower of Città di Castello
Great History of Troy tapestries 1475 1820 Sold for ten pounds sterling to a London merchant Painted Chamber of the Palace of Westminster. An 18th-century watercolor of one tapestry by John Carter is preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum
Vivarini, Alvise Otho Promising to Mediate Between Venice and Barbarossa 1476-1500 1577 Doge's Palace fire Doge's Palace
Botticelli Piero di Cosimo de' Medici 1478 1942 World War II Formerly Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri, Naples. Photographs survive
Botticelli Frescoes depicting the criminal conspirators of the Pazzi Conspiracy against the Medici 1478 1494 Removed Painted either in the Bargello or the Dogana in Florence. At the instigation of Pope Alexander VI after the fall of the Medicis
da Forlì, Melozzo Ascension with Christ in Glory fresco 1478-80 1711 Renovation For the choir of the Church of the Santi Apostoli, Rome. Fragments survive in the Vatican and Quirinal
da Forlì, Melozzo Feo Chapel vault fresco 1478-80 1945 World War II For the San Biagio Church in Forlì. Graphical notes by Girolamo Reggiani (1831) Black and White photo (1944) and color reconstruction drawing (2020) by Olivier Maceratesi
da Vinci Leonardo's horse terracotta model 1482 1499 French invasion of Milan
Costa, Lorenzo Destruction of Troy fresco 1483 1507 Destroyed with the palace by a mob For the loggia of the Bentivoglio Palace, Bologna. Fragment survives in the Pinacoteca Nazionale
Vivarini, Alvise Altarpiece for the church of Santa Maria dei Battuti in Belluno 1485 1942-45 World War II
Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi and Perugino Frescoes on mythological themes, including the Forge of Vulcan 1487-90 1825 For Lorenzo de' Medici in the great hall and external loggia of his villa at Spedaletto, near Volterra
Mantegna Baptism of Christ fresco 1488 1780 Redevelopment Belvedere Chapel of the Vatican. Destroyed at the construction of the Pio-Clementino Museum
Bellini, Giovanni The Supper at Emmaus 1494 1750 Fire in Vienna in the 18th century Painted for Giorgio Cornaro of Venice
Ghirlandaio, Domenico Virgin and Child in Glory with Saints John the Evangelist, Francis, Jerome and John the Baptist 1496 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire In the Church of San Francesco in San Casciano, Val di Pesa until 1810.
Fra Bartolomeo Assumption of the Virgin 1507-08 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Michelangelo Battle of Cascina cartoon Putatively destroyed by Bandinelli Palazzo Vecchio
Michelangelo Cupid marble 1698 Palace of Whitehall fire Owned by Isabella d'Este and Charles I of England
Caravaggio Portrait of a Courtesan 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire Formerly in the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum, Berlin
Michelangelo Pope Julius II in the act of blessing bronze 1511 Destroyed by the people of Bologna On San Petronio basilica's facade in Bologna
Correggio The Coronation of the Virgin fresco 1587 Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma. Fragments in National Gallery, London, other museums
Correggio Saint Mary Magdalen in the Desert fresco 1555 Destruction of Palazzo della Delizie Painted for Veronica Gambara's Palazzo della Delizie, in the town of Correggio. Described in a letter dated Sept. 3, 1528 from Veronica Gambara to Isabella d’Este
Correggio Magdalen in the Desert 1945- World War II Dresden
Raphael Crowning of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino 1700–99 Earthquake Raphael's first recorded commission, it was made for Andrea Baronci's chapel in the church of Sant'Agostino in Citta di Castello, near Urbino At least four fragments survive (Louvre, Capodimonte)
Dürer Ascension of Mary altarpiece 1729 Fire The central panel added to the collection of Elector Maximilian of Bavaria. A 1615 copy of the entire altarpiece by Jobst Harrich of Nuremberg survives
Huber, Wolf Portrait of an Architect (Self-Portrait?) 1529 1947 Fire at the Musée de Beaux Arts, Strasbourg, August 13, 1947 (one of 30 paintings destroyed)
Cranach the Elder Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, Archbishop of Mainz 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Cranach the Elder Virgin and Child with Four Female Saints 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Cranach the Elder Madonna and Child with Infant Saint John 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Cranach the Elder Duke Henry of Saxony 1945 Bombing of Dresden
Brueghel the Elder The Farmers Brawl 1945 Bombing of Dresden Engraved by Lucas Vosterman, c. 1620
Holbein Henry VIII and family mural 1698 Palace of Whitehall fire In Whitehall Palace, London
Holbein Sir Thomas More and Family 1752 Kroměříž Palace fire
Titian Battle of Spoleto 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Titian Battle of Cadore 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Titian Doge Gritti Praying to the Virgin 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Tintoretto Coronation of Frederick Barbarossa 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Tintoretto Excommunication of Barbarossa 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Tintoretto Last Judgment 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Veronese Homage of Frederick Barbarossa 1577 Doge's Palace fire
da Fabriano, Gentile Works 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Pisanello Works 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Carpaccio Pope Alexander III in the Church of St. Marks 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Carpaccio Meeting of the Pope and the Doge at Ancona 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Vivarini, Alvise Otho Promising to Mediate Between Venice and Barbarossa 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Guariento Paradise 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Bellini Battle of Salvore 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Bellini Presentation of the White Candle to the Pope 1577 Doge's Palace fire
Bellini Presentation of the Eight Standards and Trumpets to the Doge 1577 Doge's Palace fire
del Vaga Christ at the Pool of Bethesda fresco 1537–39 1850s Renovation Massimi Chapel, Santa Trinità dei Monti.
del Vaga Christ and the Centurion fresco 1537–39 1850s Renovation Massimi Chapel, Santa Trinità dei Monti.
del Vaga The Transfiguration fresco 1537–39 1850s Renovation Massimi Chapel, Santa Trinità dei Monti.
del Vaga The Expulsion from the Temple fresco 1537–39 1850s Renovation Massimi Chapel, Santa Trinità dei Monti.
Titian Death of St Peter Martyr 1867 Fire For the Chapel of the Rosary, Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice. Copies and engravings survive
Titian Double Portrait of Emperor Charles V and his wife Isabella of Portugal 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire A copy by Rubens survives
Titian Penitent Magdalene 1561 1873 Fire at Bath House, London, January 21 Painted for Philip II of Spain
Titian Ixion and Tantalus 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire
Titian Paintings of The Twelve Caesars 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire
Palladio or Giorgio Capobianco The Jewel of Vicenza 1578 1797 Destroyed by the Napoleonic army when they tried to melt it down for silver Created as an ex-voto and financed by donations from the city of Vicenza. A silver reconstruction was made in 2012–2013
Veronese Apollo and Juno 1580 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire Painted for the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice
Veronese Saturn Helps Religion to Overcome Heresy 1580 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire Painted for the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice
Pontormo God the Father and the Four Evangelists fresco 1700–99 Remodeling Capponi Chapel, Church of Santa Felicita, Florence
Pontormo Last Judgment 1700–99 Renovations Unfinished fresco at the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence
Caravaggio Portrait of a Courtesan, aka Fillide Melandroni 1597-1599 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Vroom, Hendrick The Armada Tapestries 1602 1834 Burning of Parliament For Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham; sold to James I, 1616 and placed in the House of Lords, London by Oliver Cromwell, 1650. Engraved by John Pine, 1739
da Bologna, Giovanni Henry IV of France equestrian bronze 1614 1789–99 Scrapped Presented to Marie de Medicis by Cosimo II. Melted for cannon (French Revolution).
Poussin The Martyrdom of Erasmus 1630 1945 Bombing of Dresden
Poussin Penance, one of the seven Sacraments 1637–1640 1816 Belvoir Castle fire
Lorrain, Claude Queen Esther Approaching the Palace of Ahasuerus 1658 1755 Fonthill Abbey fire A fragment in the collection of the Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall
Lorrain, Claude Apollo Guarding the Herds of Admetus and Mercury Stealing Them 1660–1673 1871 Holker Hall fire
Rubens The Crucifixion 1601–02 1820- Lost at sea Painted for the Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome. Imported to England 1811; there auctioned 1812, 1820
Rubens Madonna of the Rosary 1695 Bombardment of Brussels Painted for the Royal Chapel of the Dominican Church, Brussels
Rubens Virgin Adorned with Flowers by Saint Anne 1610 1695 Bombardment of Brussels Painted for the Church of the Carmelite Friars, Brussels
Rubens Saint Job Triptych 1613 1695 Bombardment of Brussels Painted for Saint Nicholas Church, Brussels
Rubens Cambyses Appointing Otanes Judge 1695 Bombardment of Brussels Decoration for the Magistrates' Hall, Brussels
Rubens Judgment of Solomon 1695 Bombardment of Brussels Decoration for the Magistrates' Hall, Brussels
Rubens Last Judgment 1695 Bombardment of Brussels Decoration for the Magistrates' Hall, Brussels
Rubens Neptune and Amphitrite 1615 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Rubens Nativity 1731 Coudenberg Palace fire
Rubens Adoration of the Magi 1731 Coudenberg Palace fire
Rubens Pentecost 1731 Coudenberg Palace fire
Rubens The Abduction of Proserpine 1861 Fire at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, February 5, 1861 Engraved before 1621 by Pieter Soutman
Rubens Crucifixion with Mary, St. John, Magdalen 1622 1643 English Civil War In the Queen's Chapel, Somerset House, London, 1643
Rubens Portrait of Philip IV of Spain 1628 1985 Incendiary attack at the Kunsthaus, Zurich, in 1985
Rubens Diana and Nymphs Surprised by Satyrs 1635–1638 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Rubens Equestrian Portrait of Philip IV of Spain 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire A copy is in the Uffizi Gallery
Rubens The Continence of Scipio 1836 Western Exchange Fire In the Western Exchange, Old Bond Street, London, March 1836
Rubens The Lion Hunt 1870 Fire at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux Removed by Napoleon's agents from Schloss Schleissheim, near Munich, 1800
Rubens Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Buckingham 1949 Fire Owned by the Earl of Jersey at Osterley Park
Van Dyck and Rubens Series of 39 ceiling paintings for the Jesuit Church in Antwerp (nl:Carolus Borromeuskerk#Branden, Dutch wiki) 1718 Fire Engravings by Jan Punt (Amsterdam 1751) of 31 of the paintings from drawings executed 1711-12 by Jacob de Wit exist
Rubens and Brueghel the Elder Vision of Saint Hubert 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Brueghel the Elder and other artists Allegories of Sight and Smell 1731 Coudenberg Palace fire Bought (with the following entry) by the City of Antwerp and hung in audience hall, Tervuren Castle 1619
Brueghel the Elder and other artists Allegories of Hearing, Taste and Touch 1731 Coudenberg Palace fire
Van Dyck Group Portrait of the Town Council of Brussels 1634-35 1695 Bombardment of Brussels
Van Dyck Christ Crowned with Thorns 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Van Dyck Lamentation over Christ 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Van Dyck Nymphs Surprised by Satyrs 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Van Dyck Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
van Honthorst, Gerrit Adoration of the Shepherds (Birth of Christ) 1993 Uffizi car bombing
de Keyser, Thomas Six Gold and Silver Smiths (The "Bankers of Amsterdam") 1627 1947 Fire at the Musée de Beaux Arts, Strasbourg, August 13, 1947 (one of 30 paintings destroyed)
van Ruisdael, Jacob Bentheim Castle with Christ and Disciples on the Road to Emmaus 1864 Museum Boymans fire
van Ruisdael, Jacob The Windmill 1871 Holker Hall fire
Fabritius, Carel Large family portrait 1864 Museum Boymans fire
Cuyp, Aelbert Sleeping Man 1864 Museum Boymans fire
Steen, Jan Tobias Healing His Father 1864 Museum Boymans fire
Potter, Paulus White Ox in a Field 1864 Museum Boymans fire
Potter, Paulus Large Herd of Oxen 1771 Vrouw Maria sinking Purchased for Fl. 9050, Braamcamp sale, Amsterdam, 1771 by agents of Catherine the Great.
Caravaggio The Inspiration of Matthew first version 1601 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Caravaggio Christ on the Mount of Olives 1605 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire From the collection of Vincenzo Giustiniani
Caravaggio Saint John 1798 Earthquake Done for the Fenaroli chapel, Sant'Anna dei Lombardi, Naples
Caravaggio Saint Francis 1798 Earthquake Done for the Fenaroli chapel, Sant'Anna dei Lombardi, Naples
Caravaggio Resurrection 1798 Earthquake Done for the Fenaroli chapel, Sant'Anna dei Lombardi, Naples. A 1763 description by Charles-Nicolas Cochin survives.
Gentileschi, Orazio The Conversion of Saint Paul altarpiece 1823 Fire Done for the basilica of San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome
Fontana, Lavinia The Stoning of Saint Stephen altarpiece 1823 Fire Done for the basilica of San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome
Gentileschi, Artemisia Hercules and Omphale 1628 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire Painted for Philip IV of Spain
Gentileschi, Artemisia Bathsheba 1650–1652 1940 Fire at Gosford House, Scotland
Manfredi, Bartolomeo La Buonavventura 1993 Uffizi car bombing
Manfredi, Bartolomeo Ciclo Vito 1993 Uffizi car bombing
Carracci, Annibale Danae 1941 World War II, May 11, 1941 Formerly Ellesmere collection, Bridgewater House, Westminster, London
Carracci, Annibale Saint Gregory Praying for Souls in Purgatory, altarpiece 1600 1941 World War II, May 11, 1941 For the church of San Gregorio Magno, Rome; formerly Ellesmere collection, Bridgewater House, Westminster, London
Carracci, Ludovico Descent from the Cross 1941 World War II, May 11, 1941 Formerly Ellesmere collection, Bridgewater House, Westminster, London
Reni, Guido Bacchus and Ariadne 1700–99 Destroyed in France in the 17th century by the widow of Michel Particelli d'Hemery, who was scandalized by the female nudes it contained Commissioned for Queen Henrietta Maria's house at Greenwich, 1637. A fragment with the head of Ariadne survives
Reni, Guido Immaculate Conception 1941 World War II Formerly Seville Cathedral, Spain, later in the Ellesmere collection, Bridgewater House, Westminster, London
Bernini Bust of King Charles I (Bernini) 1698 Palace of Whitehall fire
Bernini Crucified Christ in bronze 1789–99 French Revolution Formerly in the French royal collection
Velasquez Expulsion of the Moors with Philip III 1627 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire
Velasquez Venus and Adonis 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire
Velasquez Cupid and Psyche 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire
Velasquez Apollo and Marsyas 1734 Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire
Zurbarán Saint Bonaventure Reveals the Crucifix to Saint Thomas Aquinas 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire Commissioned by the Colegio de San Buenaventura, Seville. Taken from Spain by Marshal Soult
Murillo Caritas Romana (Roman Charity) 1845 Fire Taken from Spain by Joseph Bonaparte and sold to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Giordano, Luca The Labors of Hercules sixteen frescoes 1692–1702 1800–99 Central hall of the Casón, Buen Retiro Palace
Giordano, Luca Life of Saint Benedict frescoes 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino Painted for the Abbey of Monte Cassino.
Giordano, Luca The Rape of the Sabine Women 1945 Bombing of Dresden Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Kneller, Godfrey William III Leading Troops at the Battle of the Boyne 1965 Grocers' Hall fire
Coypel, Antoine Venus Imploring Jupiter on Behalf of Aeneas ceiling painting 1702 1783- Grand Gallery of the Palais-Royal. A sketch for it survives
van Nost, John King George I of Great Britain equestrian statue 1716 1872 Vandalised, sold and removed Formerly part of the Duke of Chandos' collection at Cannons; moved to Leicester Square in London in 1784
Chardin Still Life with Copper Kettle, Bowl with Eggs 1724–25 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Watteau Idol of the Goddess Ki Mao Sao in the Kingdom of Mang in the country of Laos 1719 1789–99 French Revolution Château de la Muette decorations
Watteau Spring 1717-18 1966 Fire Pierre Crozat collection. Rediscovered in 1964 then destroyed. Autumn and Winter still missing. Engravings survive.
Hogarth, William A Harlot's Progress 1731 1755 Fire at Fonthill Abbey 1732 engravings survive
Hogarth, William Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn 1738 1874 Fire at Littleton House in December An engraving by the artist survives
Hudson, Thomas William Bouverie 1952 Coleshill House fire
Hudson, Thomas Anne Bouverie 1952 Coleshill House fire
Hudson, Thomas Mary Bouverie 1952 Coleshill House fire
Tiepolo, Gianbattista The Translation of the Holy House of Loreto fresco 1915 Austrian shelling in World War I In the Church of the Scalzi, Venice. There is a copy of the entire ceiling from before 1914, painted in gouache after the original by Mariano Fortuny, a 1914 photograph by James Anderson and a reconstruction drawing (2019) by Olivier Maceratesi
Tiepolo, Gianbattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo Soderini family frescoes 1754 1918 Italo-Austrian engagement in World War I, June 15–19 Villa Soderini, Nervesa della Battaglia, in the Veneto. Photographs survive.
Tiepolo, Gianbattista The Triumph of the Arts and Sciences ceiling fresco 1731 1943 Palazzo Archinto, Milan bombing Photographs survive
Tiepolo, Gianbattista Apollo and Phaethon ceiling fresco 1731 1943 Palazzo Archinto, Milan bombing
Tiepolo, Gianbattista Perseus and Andromeda ceiling fresco 1731 1943 Palazzo Archinto, Milan bombing
Tiepolo, Gianbattista Juno with Fortuna and Venus ceiling fresco 1731 1943 Palazzo Archinto, Milan bombing
Tiepolo, Gianbattista Triumph of Hercules ceiling fresco 1761 1945 Reduced to fragments by bombing in WWII Painted for the principal salon of the Palazzo Canossa, Verona
de Loutherbourg, Philip James The Eidophusikon 1781
Reynolds, Sir Joshua Nativity 1816 Belvoir Castle fire
Reynolds, Sir Joshua The Infant Jupiter 1816 Belvoir Castle fire
Reynolds, Sir Joshua General James Oglethorpe 1816 Belvoir Castle fire
Gainsborough David Garrick leaning on a bust of Shakespeare 1766 1946 Fire at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall Painted for the Stratford Shakespeare Jubilee. Known from engravings and various copies
Gainsborough Wooded landscape with gipsies round a camp fire also named The Gipsies 1754 <1831 A 1764 engraving published by John Boydell exists
Gainsborough The Woodman and his Dog in a Storm 1787 1810 Fire at Exton Old Park A 1791 mezzotint by Pierre Simon exists
Gainsborough Cottage Children with an Ass 1810 Fire at Exton Old Park Survives in mezzotint
Gainsborough Portrait of Sir Francis Sykes of Basildon with a groom, two horses, and a dog 1874 Fire at the Pantechnicon warehouse, London February 13–14
Wilson, Richard The Destruction of Niobe's Children 1944 World War II National Gallery, London
Copley, John Singleton Numerous colonial portraits 1872 Great Boston Fire of 1872 Formerly belonging to Peter Wainwright
Peale, Charles Willson Portrait of Thomas Paine 1777 1893 Fire at Joseph Jefferson's summer house in Buttermilk Bay, April 1 Exhibited in Peale's Museum to 1854, later owned by T.B. MacDonough and the actor Joseph Jefferson. An engraving survives.
Houdon, Jean-Antoine Bust of the composer Gluck in marble 1873 Fire at the Paris Opera Terra cotta versions exist
Tiepolo, Giandomenico Glorification of the Giustiniani Family (fresco) 1784 1866 Allowed to decay and replaced Executed for the Doge's Palace, Genoa. A preliminary sketch is in the Metropolitan Museum.
Beechey, William George III and the Prince of Wales Reviewing Troops 1797–98 1992 Windsor Castle fire
Goya Don Antonio de Porcel 1806 1956 Fire in the Jockey Club, Buenos Aires
Stuart, Gilbert Seated portrait of President Washington 1851 Library of Congress fire
Stuart, Gilbert Seated portrait of President Adams 1851 Library of Congress fire
Stuart, Gilbert Seated portrait of President Jefferson 1851 Library of Congress fire
Peale, Charles Willson Portrait of Peyton Randolph, Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses 1851 Library of Congress fire
Canova George Washington, marble sculpture 1831 Fire in the North Carolina State House, Raleigh The artist's plaster model survives
Peale, Rembrandt The Dream of Love (Jupiter and Io) <1855 Fire while on exhibition in New York prior to 1855, according to the artist
Peale, Rembrandt Musidora 1850–51 Fire at a Philadelphia art gallery in 1850 or 1851
Friedrich, Caspar David Winter 1807–08 1931 Glaspalast (Munich) fire
Friedrich, Caspar David The Farewell 1818 1931 Glaspalast (Munich) fire
Friedrich, Caspar David The Harbor at Grifswald 1820 1931 Glaspalast (Munich) fire
Friedrich, Caspar David Autumn Landscape with Brush Collector 1824 1931 Glaspalast (Munich) fire
Friedrich, Caspar David Evening 1825 1931 Glaspalast (Munich) fire
Friedrich, Caspar David Mountain Chapel in the Mist 1811 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Friedrich, Caspar David Monastery Graveyard in the Snow 1817–18 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Friedrich, Caspar David High Mountain Region 1824 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Friedrich, Caspar David Northern Lights 1830–1835 1945 Friedrichshain flak tower fire
Turner The Mouth of the Thames 1807 1939–1945 World War II
Turner Fish Market on the Sands 1830 1956 Fire formerly owned by Billy Rose
Landseer, Sir Edwin War and Peace 1846 1928 Thames flooding Was in the basement of the Tate Gallery. Engravings of both survive. A copy of War appeared on the television program Fake or Fortune, where it was thought to possibly be the original.
Bragaldi, Mario Jupiter on Mount Olympus ceiling fresco 1850s 2018 National Museum of Brazil fire Done for Emperor Pedro II of Brazil
Bragaldi, Mario Justice ceiling fresco 1850s 2018 National Museum of Brazil fire
Bragaldi, Mario Fortitude ceiling fresco 1850s 2018 National Museum of Brazil fire
Bragaldi, Mario Temperance ceiling fresco 1850s 2018 National Museum of Brazil fire
Bragaldi, Mario Prudence ceiling fresco 1850s 2018 National Museum of Brazil fire
Leutze, Emanuel Washington Crossing the Delaware (first version) 1849–50 1942 Air raid on Bremen
Ingres Apotheosis of Napoleon I ceiling painting 1871 Hôtel de Ville fire
Delaroche, Paul The Storming of the Bastille 1830 1871 Hôtel de Ville fire
Delacroix, Eugène Justinian Drafting his Laws 1826 1871 Fire in the Paris Commune Painted for the Council of State, Paris. An 1855 photograph survives
Delacroix, Eugène Peace Consoles Mankind and Brings Abundance 1852–1854 1871 Hôtel de Ville fire
Chassériau, Théodore War and Peace murals 1848 1871 Fire in the Paris Commune Painted for the Cour des Comptes, Palais of the Quai d'Orsay, Paris. A fragment of Peace is preserved in the Louvre
Winterhalter, Franz Xaver Napoleon III 1856 1871 Tuileries Palace fire Models by the artist and copies exist
Winterhalter, Franz Xaver Empress Eugénie 1856 1871 Tuileries Palace fire Models by the artist and copies exist
Millet, Jean-François The Jewish Captivity in Babylon 1848 1870–71 Painted over by the artist with a scene executed in Normandy
Courbet The Stone Breakers 1939–1945 World War II, while in transit from the Dresden Gallery
Courbet The Return from the Conference 1863 1909 Destroyed by its owner due to its anticlerical content
Courbet Venus and Psyche 1864 1945 Enemy air action, Berlin, World War II
Van Gogh Donkey Cart with Boy and Scheveningen Woman 1882 1940 Fire Formerly in Rotterdam
Carpaccio, Vittore Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints Faustinus and Jovita, patron saints of Brescia (the Averoldi Altarpiece) Sacristy of S. Giovanni Evangelista, Brescia. Sold to the National Gallery London, lost in a shipwreck crossing the English Channel
Van Gogh The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen with Pond and Figures 1885 1940 In the German bombing of Rotterdam during World War II
Van Gogh Windmill on Montmartre 1886 1967 Fire
Van Gogh Still Life: Vase with Five Sunflowers 1888 1945 American air raids on Ashiya District, August 5–6 Formerly in the collection of Koyata Yamamoto, Japan
Van Gogh The Painter on his Way to Work 1888 1939–1945 Fire in World War II In the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum, Berlin
Van Gogh The Park at Arles with the Entrance Seen Through the Trees 1888 1939–1945 Fire in World War II
Inness, George The New Jerusalem 1880 Partial collapse of Madison Square Garden Salvaged fragments survive, including Valley of the Olive Trees in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Rousseau, Henri Portrait of Alfred Jarry 1895 Destroyed by the sitter, who disliked it
Sargent Head of Sir Henry Irving Destroyed by the sitter, who disliked it
Chase, William Merritt Portrait of Thomas Eakins 1899 Presumed destroyed by the sitter
Klimt Musik II 1898 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Formerly Lederer family collection, Vienna
Klimt Schubert at the Piano 1899 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Formerly Lederer family collection, Vienna
Klimt Portrait of Serena Lederer 1899 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Formerly Lederer family collection, Vienna
Klimt Medicine 1899–1907 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire
Klimt Philosophy 1899–1907 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire
Klimt Jurisprudence 1899–1907 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire
Klimt Golden Apple Tree 1903 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Formerly Lederer family collection, Vienna
Klimt Procession of the Dead 1903 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Formerly Lederer family collection, Vienna
Kandinsky Composition I 1910 1944 British air raid on Braunschweig, Germany Known from photographs
Sloan, John Tammany Hall at Night 1910 Fire, during transit The artist later created a replica from photographs
Klimt Farm Garden with Crucifix 1911–12 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Color images survive
Csaky, Joseph Groupe de femmes 1911–12 1912 First World War Salon d'Automne, 1913 Salon des Indépendants, Paris. Black & white images survive
Csaky, Joseph Danseuse, (Femme à l'éventail) 1912 1912 Salon d'Automne, Paris, Galerie Moos, Geneva, 1920. Black & white images survive
Archipenko, Alexander La Vie Familiale (Family Life) 1912 First World War bombardment 1912 Salon d'Automne, 1913 Armory Show. Was in Paris during WWI. New York Black & white images survive
Comper, Ninian Rood screen, with sixteen paintings 1912 1993 Bishopsgate bombing Part of St Ethelburga's Bishopsgate, City of London. Black & white images survive
Csaky, Joseph Head (Tête d'homme) 1913 1913 Salon des Indépendants, Paris, Galerie Moos, Geneva, 1920. Black & white images survive
Klimt Malcesine on Lake Garda 1913 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Color images survive
Klimt Garden Path with Chickens 1916 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Color images survive
Klimt Portrait of Wally 1916 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Formerly Lederer family collection, Vienna
Klimt The Girlfriends 1916–17 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Formerly Lederer family collection, Vienna. Color images survive
Klimt Leda 1917 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire Formerly Lederer family collection, Vienna
Klimt Gastein 1917 1945 Schloss Immendorf fire
Monet Water Lilies (major study) 1925 1958 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) fire
Monet Water Lilies (small study) 1925 1961 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) fire
Rivera, Diego Man at the Crossroads mural 1933 1934 Rockefeller was offended (it included a portrait of Lenin) and had it removed Nelson Rockefeller commissioned the work. Rivera later recreated the work as Man, Controller of the Universe in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
Seligman, Hilda Bust of Haile Selassie 1936 2020 Vandalism linked to unrest in Ethiopia and persecution of the Oromo people Originally located in the house in Wimbledon, London where Selassie lived in exile; moved to nearby Cannizaro Park in 1957
Miró The Reaper 1937 1937 Sent to Valencia and presumably destroyed Created for the Spanish Republican pavilion of the 1937 Paris Exposition. Photographs of the installed mural exist
Dalí The Seven Lively Arts 1944 1956 Fire A series of seven paintings for Billy Rose. Known only from photographs
Gorky, Arshile Works housed in his studio 1940–1946 1946 Arshile Gorky Studio Fire
Gorky, Arshile 15 Works 1940–1946 1962 American Airlines Flight 1 plane crash
Hopper, Edward Corn Belt City 1947 1975 Park Avenue apartment fire
Sutherland, Graham Portrait of Winston Churchill 1954 1954 Destroyed by the Churchills' private secretary Color photographs survive
Picasso Works for the documentary The Mystery of Picasso 1956 1956 Created on camera and then destroyed
Picasso Cubist Head 1909-1912 1978 Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro fire
Picasso Portrait of Dora Maar 1937 1978 Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro fire
Kauffman, Craig Untitled Wall Relief, an acrylic lacquer on Plexiglas piece 1967 2006 Fell and shattered at the Pompidou Center of Paris
Alexander, Peter Untitled piece, molded polyester resin work 1971 2006 Fell and shattered at the Pompidou Center of Paris
Calder, Alexander World Trade Center Stabile 1971 2001 World Trade Center Collapse
Nagare, Masayuki World Trade Center Plaza Sculpture 1972 2001 World Trade Center Collapse Survived the initial collapse of the buildings, and was destroyed during cleanup.
Miró, Joan, Josep Royo World Trade Center Tapestry 1973 2001 World Trade Center Collapse Hung in the South Tower Lobby
Lichtenstein, Roy One painting from The Entablature Series 1971–72 or 1974–1976 2001 World Trade Center Collapse
Rosati, James Ideogram 1974 2001 World Trade Center Collapse
Nevelson, Louise Sky Gate, New York 1978 2001 World Trade Center Collapse
Budd, Kenneth Chartist Mural 1978 2013 Redevelopment A 115 by 12 feet mosaic mural in Newport, Wales
Pearl Monument 1982 2011 Torn down by the government after becoming a focal point for protesters Stood in the center of the Pearl Roundabout, Bahrain
Central Academy of Fine Arts students Goddess of Democracy 1989 1989 Destroyed by People's Liberation Army during Tiananmen Square protests
Whiteread, Rachel "House" temporary sculpture 1993 1994 Removed by London Borough of Tower Hamlets council on 11 January
Picasso The Painter 1901–1973 1998 Swissair Flight 111 Plane Crash
Emin, Tracey Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 ("The Tent") 1995 2004 Momart fire
Serra, Richard Tilted Arc 1981 1989 Dismantled and removed
Heatherwick, Thomas B of the Bang 2005 2009 Dismantled Parts remain in storage
Prymachenko, Maria Works of folk art 2022 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine In the Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum

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