Looted Art

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UPDATE: Masterpiece by Girolamo Romanino achieves $4,562,500 at Christie’s. [Earlier entry: Looted 16th-Century Masterpiece to go to Auction: Girolamo Romanino’s “Christ Carrying the Cross”]

In an update to our earlier post concerning the looting and restitution of Romanino’s masterpiece “Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue”, the work sold at Christie’s on June 6, as announced in artdaily.org and elsewhere. NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Old Master Paintings sale on June 6 in New York was led by the … Continue reading

Looted 16th-Century Masterpiece to go to Auction: Girolamo Romanino’s “Christ Carrying the Cross”

CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER SUPERB 16th CENTURY MASTERPIECE BY GIROLAMO ROMANINO “Christ Carrying the Cross,” Restituted to the Heirs of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe, Will Lead Christie’s Old Master Paintings Auction in New York on June 6. . A magnificent picture of Christ Carrying the Cross is a masterpiece of Girolamo Romanino’s fully mature style and among the most potent and moving depictions … Continue reading

The Nazi Plunder of Egon Schiele’s “Portrait of Wally” Becomes a Documentary to Debut at the TriBeca Film Festival

The painting “Portrait of Wally” is a 1912 work by Austrian painter Egon Schiele of Valerie “Wally” Neuzil, a woman he met in 1911 when she was 17 years old and who was a model for a number of Schiele’s most striking paintings. The painting was purchased by Rudolf Leopold in 1954 and became part of the collection of the Leopold Museum when … Continue reading

Cézanne masterpiece believed recovered by Serbian police. UPDATED

[AP] UPDATE, 1:00 pm EDT, April 12:  Zurich prosecutors said Thursday that the E.G. Buehrle Foundation certified that the painting is Cezanne’s “The Boy in the Red Vest” that was stolen in 2008. [Guardian, Libération]  Police in Serbia believe they have recovered an impressionist masterpiece by Paul Cézanne worth at least £68m that was stolen at gunpoint in one of … Continue reading

Turkey Demands the Return of More “Looted” Artifacts from American Museums

After demanding that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art return 18 objects of art including several highlights of the Met’s collection that are currently on display in the museum’s Ancient Near East Galleries, the Turkish government has now contacted the Getty, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection to present evidence … Continue reading

$800 M in Nazi-Looted Art May be Hidden in German Mine

Mail Online reports that an expedition has been launched in Germany to recover £500 million ($800 million) worth of missing artworks looted by the Nazis in World War Two. Monets, Manets, Cezannes and masterpieces by other artists, along with sculptures, carpets and tapestries, are believed to be buried in an old silver mine near the Czech-German border, … Continue reading

Vandals and Thieves Using Google Earth to Inflict Egregious Damage on Britain’s Heritage Sites

In its issue of March 19, The Telegraph reports that metal thieves are using Google Earth and other online resources to identify Britain’s historic buildings to plunder. Historically important sites are being irrevocably damaged by criminals who plunder them for “trophies” which cannot be replaced. Mike Harlow, legal director at English Heritage, said he believed … Continue reading