SOURCE: Seattle Times
The Metropolitan Museum has currently identified 53 works as seized or sold under duress by Nazis. It is unclear how many more it will identify in response to a new state law requiring the display of those pieces to disclose the conditions of acquisition.
Lower courts have agreed with the Spanish government that US courts are not empowered to adjudicate claims of looted art; if the Supreme Court agrees it could chill further attempts to use American law to return artworks stolen from Europe's Jews by the Nazis.
by Charles Dellheim
The world of American art collecting was transformed by the unlikely partnership of the Boston Brahmin Isabella Stewart Gardner and the ambitious Russian Jewish immigrant Bernhard Berenson.
SOURCE: New York Times
Historian Jonathan Petropoulous forged a relationship with Bruno Lohse, the art agent of Hermann Göring. That relationship proved ethically dubious when the professor did paid contract work for heirs of a German Jewish family to trace a stolen painting and the trail led to a foundation owned by Lohse.
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