Court hearing coming over a Baroque painting looted by Nazis

08 Mar 2011 7:56 AM | Anonymous

Court hearing coming over a Baroque painting looted by Nazis
 
An Italian criminal court is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday in Milan in a case involving a Baroque masterpiece looted from a private collection in Florence during World War II.

The hearing is just one taking place among three -- count 'em, three -- suits underway in criminal, civil and administrative jurisdictions in the tangled tale, as my colleague Jori Finkel recently reported.) Missing for nearly 70 years, the stolen painting turned up on the Italian art market last summer. An export license allowing the painting to leave the country has been denied.

The facts around how Bernardo Strozzi's full-length figure of St. Catherine of Alexandria, painted circa 1615, was looted by the Nazis are not in dispute. The picture had been seized from its expatriate American owner in 1942 by the prefect of Florence under anti-Jewish "racial laws" issued by the Italian fascist regime.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/03/a-baroque-painting-looted-by-nazis-in-court-hearing.html

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