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Nazi-Looted Art Installed at Los Angeles Museum

St. Catherine of Alexandria by Bernardo Strozzi, painted in Italy circa 1615, is a gift to the LA Museum from Philippa Calnan, a descendent of the original owner

By: Daniel Koren
Published: November 27th, 2013 in News » World
Bernardo Strozzi's 'St. Catherine of Alexandria'Pic: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has welcomed a new piece of art to its esteemed collection with a painting that was looted by the Nazis in 1944.

The Baroque-era painting, St. Catherine of Alexandria, was returned to the sole descendent of its rightful owner last week, Philippa Calnan. Calnan, a retired public affairs director at the LA Museum, has now donated the painting as a gift, reports the New York Post.

The painting, drawn by Bernardo Strozzi in approximately 1615, is currently being displayed at the museum's galleries for European art. It first appeared on the art market five years ago, and since then Italian courts have been deciding who its rightful owner is.

The courts ruled in favour of Calnan on Friday.

After the Nazis had looted the painting in 1944, its whereabouts remained a mystery until it resurfaced in 2008 when it was purchased by an unknown Austrian collector. Rather than sending it off to Sotheby's, researchers discovered the piece was looted art, and were able to contact Calnan.

The story is one of several recent headlines regarding Nazi-looted art; recently, 1500 pieces of art were discovered in a Munich apartment, reportedly half of which were stolen from Jews.

The German government is continuing to reveal more information about the findings.

Officials report that the donation is a bit unusual when it comes to Nazi-looted art, as most times, the paintings are sold and the profits of which are tallied to the descendants of its rightful heir.

This particular Strozzi is valued at approximately $3 million.

Related articles: Nazi, Looted Art, Holocaust, Los Angeles Museum, Germany Art, Jewish News, Bernardo Strozzi, St. Catherine of Alexandria
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