Art Buzz April 27, 2013: Family, ‘Not Willing to Forget,’ Pursues Art It Lost to Nazis

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Family, ‘Not Willing to Forget,’ Pursues Art It Lost to Nazis

Source: NYT, 4-27-13

Three generations of a Parisian art dealer’s family have worked tirelessly to recover Picassos, Cézannes and hundreds of other works….READ MORE

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Art Buzz March 19, 2013: American gets back art taken by Nazis during World War II

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American gets back art taken by Nazis during WWII

Source: AP, 3-19-13

American Thomas Selldorff, speaks during a ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, to return seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners during World War II, as part of ongoing efforts to give back hundreds of looted artworks that still hang in the Louvre and other French museums. Selldorff reclaimed six German and Italian paintings that his grandfather, Richard Neumann, was forced to sell during World War II to flee Nazi occupation, and one other painting was returned to other recipients. In the background painting left, Sebastiano Ricci, (Belluno, 1659 - Venice, 1734), Abraham and the three angels, painting right, Gaspare Diziani(Belluno, 1689 - Venice, 1767), Allegory of Venice. Sign in front reads: ceremony of return of seven paintings spoils from the Nazi regime. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

View PhotoAssociated Press/Michel Euler – American Thomas Selldorff, speaks during a ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, to return seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners …more  during World War II, as part of ongoing efforts to give back hundreds of looted artworks that still hang in the Louvre and other French museums. Selldorff reclaimed six German and Italian paintings that his grandfather, Richard Neumann, was forced to sell during World War II to flee Nazi occupation, and one other painting was returned to other recipients. In the background painting left, Sebastiano Ricci, (Belluno, 1659 – Venice, 1734), Abraham and the three angels, painting right, Gaspare Diziani (Belluno, 1689 – Venice, 1767), Allegory of Venice. Sign in front reads: ceremony of return of seven paintings spoils from the Nazi regime. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Tom Selldorff was 6 years old when he saw his grandfather’s prized art collection for the last time in 1930s Vienna, before it fell into Nazi hands.

Now, he’s 84 — and in a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday, the American was finally given back a piece of his late grandfather’s memory: France has returned six of his stolen family masterpieces….READ MORE

Art Buzz April 19, 2012: Girolamo Romano Painting Looted by Nazis Is Returned to Owner’s Heirs

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Painting Looted by Nazis Is Returned to Owner’s Heirs

Source: NYT, 4-19-12

A painting looted by the Nazis from its Jewish owner more than 70 years ago was returned to his heirs on Wednesday after being loaned to a Florida museum, Reuters reported.

The painting, ”Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue,” by the 16th-century Italian painter Girolamo Romano, was part of an exhibition on Baroque art that the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Italy, had loaned to the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee last fall.

A tip from an employee at Christie’s auction house alerted Interpol investigators that the painting may have been stolen. Last year the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida ordered the Brogan museum to hold on to the painting until the ownership question could be sorted out. In November federal agents removed the painting from the museum….READ MORE