National Gallery Holds 'Nazi' Works

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    The requests related to two artworks bought by the NGI from a Jewish gallery in Berlin before the Second World War and one that belonged to a French art dealer but was looted by Hitler’s forces after France was occupied.

    The first request was submitted by the heirs of a Jewish couple who owned several businesses in Germany, including a successful art gallery, before the Second World War. The NGI bought two 16th- century paintings from this Berlin gallery, which specialised in Old Master artworks, in 1934.
    The heirs alleged that the paintings were sold under duress as the couple were being persecuted by the Nazis at the time, and that the £1,250 paid by the NGI was confiscated by the German goverment.
    The artworks in question are Saint Christopher, a 16th-century German painting attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder at the time of acquisition but thought to have come from his studio:


    and Portrait of a Woman Aged Twenty-Two, which was also misattributed at the time of acquisition and is now listed as being by an unknown 16th-century German artist:


    The second claim was lodged by the heirs of a French art dealer who had owned The Descent into Limbo, a 15th-century painting by a follower of Hieronymus Bosch:


    In the case of the first claim, the NGI research acknowledged “the appalling circumstances that led to the tragic fate of the Jewish couple” but found they had been suffering financial difficulties, independent from the political climate in Germany in the 1930s.
    The research concluded that the sale of the two paintings to the NGI had “all the hallmarks of a voluntary sale in a traditional manner” and that the prices paid were at or above their market value.

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