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December 3, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The surprise restitution last week of a major Baroque masterpiece looted by the Nazis in 1944 was a stunning finale to a remarkable story. Missing for more than six decades, the bravura painting "Saint Catherine of Alexandria" by Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644) had been tied up in Italian courts for almost five years. But the sudden return to its rightful owner in Los Angeles also raised a provocative question. The extensive art collection in Florence, Italy, from which the painting had been stolen included 15 canvases by Paul Cézanne, the celebrated French Post-Impressionist commonly regarded as the father of Modern art. As I wrote in a story in September, eight of those Cézanne paintings were bequeathed to "the President of the United States and his successors in office" - paintings that arrived in Washington from Europe in 1951.
November 26, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
In a remarkable turn of events, a Nazi-looted Baroque masterpiece that turned up on the art market five years ago was returned Friday to its owner, who plans to donate it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The life-size figure of St. Catherine of Alexandria, painted in Genoa around 1615 by Bernardo Strozzi, was installed Monday in the third floor galleries for European art. The painting, valued at between $2.5 million and $3 million, is...
November 21, 2013 | By David Ng
Officials in Germany have released an additional 54 images of artworks that were recovered from the Munich apartment where an art dealer was recently revealed to be hiding a stash of more than 1,400 pieces.  The newly publicized works include some believed to have been created by Edvard Munch, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Max Liebermann. Last week, officials began releasing images of art from the stash following international pressure for more transparency in the investigation.
November 18, 2013 | By David Ng
"I won't voluntarily give back anything. " So said Cornelius Gurlitt, who was revealed to be holding more than 1,400 possibly Nazi-looted works of art in his Munich apartment, in his first interview since the bombshell discovery was made public in late October. The art dealer spoke to the German newspaper Der Spiegel, claiming that he had nothing to do with the acquisition of the art, which many believe was improperly acquired by the Nazis during World War II. The interview, which was published Sunday and is available in English translation , comes at a time when experts are sorting through the massive stash in an attempt to verify and authenticate the many paintings, drawings and other pieces that were crammed in Gurlitt's apartment.
November 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Responding to international pressure, officials in Germany have released a preliminary list of the more than 1,400 works of art discovered in a Munich apartment that are believed to have been improperly acquired by the Nazis. On Tuesday, authorities began publishing an online roster of the works found in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, an art dealer who is the son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. The partial list of just 25 works was published on the site Lost Art Database on Tuesday, but the site has been experiencing technical difficulties, presumably because of high traffic.
November 11, 2013 | By David Ng
Authorities in Germany have seized more art that is possibly connected to the unprecedented discovery of more than 1,400 works revealed last week. The German newspaper Bild reported over the weekend that 22 pieces of art were recovered from an apartment in Stuttgart that is the residence of a man who is believed to be related to Cornelius Gurlitt, the art dealer who was keeping hundreds of valuable works in his Munich apartment. Gurlitt is the son of the late Hildebrand Gurlitt, a Nazi-era art dealer who was known to sell looted art. The Stuttgart apartment is reported to be the residence of Dr.
November 10, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Samuel Goetz was 14 when the Nazis rounded up Jews in his hometown of Tarnow, Poland, and killed thousands of them - his parents included - in the gas chambers at Belzec in southeast Poland. A few months later, he too was forced out of Tarnow and into the first of several Nazi labor camps in Eastern Europe. "I thought often [about] how I'm going to die," he recalled in a 1999 CNN interview, "whether it's going to be a bullet, would it hurt. I really did not know. " Instead, he was among the survivors.
November 8, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Berlin Film Festival announced Friday that “The Monuments Men,” George Clooney's upcoming World War II movie about the search for and recovery of Nazi-looted art, has been added to its lineup. The announcement comes shortly after the revelation that more than 1,400 artworks - by Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and others -- were found in a Munich, Germany, apartment and are believed to include looted items as well as art the Nazis called "degenerate" that was removed from German museums.  “The Monuments Men” - which Clooney co-wrote, stars in and shot in Germany -- has been getting added attention over the last week.
November 6, 2013 | By David Ng
As details emerged this week about a discovered cache of art that is believed to have been looted by the Nazis during World War II, officials in Germany have revealed that the trove includes works by Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Chagall. The cache also includes rarely seen 16th century pieces by German artist Albrecht Dürer and the 18th century Italian painter Canaletto. The Times reported Tuesday that the trove contains 1,406 pieces as revealed by German officials at a news conference in the city of Augsburg.  Early last year German authorities seized 121 framed and 1,285 unframed works from the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of the well-known Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt.
November 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- A massive cache of art discovered in the Munich apartment of an elderly recluse contains hitherto-unknown works by famous artists as well as pieces believed confiscated by the Nazis in their persecution of Jews or their campaign against “degenerate art,” German prosecutors said Tuesday. Some of the 1,400 items are known masterpieces believed destroyed during World War II; others are new to art historians, such as a self-portrait by painter Otto Dix. The hoard boasts works by giants of the 20th century -- Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann -- but also some older pieces, including a painting from the 16th century.
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