If you enjoyed the movie “The Monuments Men” about the efforts to salvage some of Europe's greatest art that had been looted by the Nazis during World War II, you can learn about one of the artists and scholars who inspired the movie at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester (www.capeannmuseum.org/). Sculptor Walker Hancock — portrayed as “Walter Garfield” by John Goodman in the movie — spent more than a half century after the war working at his studio in the Lanesville section of Gloucester. One of the newly renovated museum's inaugural exhibitions is “A Chosen Place: Walker Hancock & Friends,” and it shows why Hancock is considered one of the greatest of Cape Ann's sculptors. It's just one more reason to visit this beautiful facility with its tightly focused collection of art reflecting the talent and beauty of Cape Ann.
Photo of Hancock sculptures by David Lyon for the Boston Globe