Getty museum returns 370 year-old painting looted by Nazis





An American museum has agreed to return a 370 year-old painting that was looted by the Nazis during the Second World War.

The 1640 work "Landscape With Cottage and Figures" by Pieter Molijn previously belonged to Jacques Goudstikker, the biggest art dealer in the Netherlands in the 1930s.

Goudstikker fled the Nazis with his wife and young son at the beginning of the war, but fell through a trap door on a departing ship and died.

His large art collection was then divided up by the Nazis, with some of the works being claimed personally by Hermann Goering.

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles later bought the Molijn landscape at an auction in 1972, and says it did so in good faith. It has never displayed the painting or disclosed the purchase price....




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