Getty traces ownership of Nazi-era looted art

29 Sep 2010 7:44 AM | Anonymous

Getty traces ownership of Nazi-era looted art
By Tom Tugend, September 28, 2010

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) is in the process of combining old-fashioned detective work, modern technology and the scholarly tools of art history to help identify the rightful owners, mainly Jews, of paintings forcibly taken by the Hitler regime.

In searching for evidence to determine provenances undefined ownership history undefinedof important artworks, GRI researchers and their colleagues in Germany are digging through a huge cache of art auction catalogs from the Nazi era.

In a sense, our work is similar to genealogists tracking a family’s pedigree, which may go back as far as the Renaissance,” GRI director Thomas Gaehtgens said.

The next, and key, step will be to digitize the information and categorize it in digital archives, which will be available to the general public, including potential heirs and their lawyers.



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