The German art dealer whose hidden stash of more than 1,000 works of art is believed to include items seized by the Nazis during World War II has created a website that is intended to tell his side of the story.
Cornelius Gurlitt said on the recently launched site that he wants "to live with my pictures, in peace and tranquility." He said that he and his lawyers intend the site to correct any misinformation about the investigation concerning the artworks.
"There are no legal grounds that would compel Cornelius Gurlitt to return the so-called looted art," the website states.
"The right to seek the return of looted art has long ago expired since the German Civil Code provides a statute of limitations of thirty years after the first instance of theft."
Gurlitt is the son of Hildebrand Gurlitt, an art dealer who worked with Nazi officials.
In October, it was revealed that German officials had seized more than 1,000 works of art from the Munich apartment of the younger Gurlitt. The works -- which included paintings, drawings and other works on paper -- are believed to have been secretly hidden in the apartment for decades.