MFA makes amends in probable plundering

27 Jun 2011 7:04 PM | Anonymous

MFA makes amends in probable plundering
Artwork believed stolen by Nazis

 The MFA’s investigation of its works with little ownership history led to a payment for this 17th-century oil portrait. (Museum of Fine Arts)

By Geoff Edgers
Globe Staff / June 27, 2011

The Museum of Fine Arts has agreed to pay restitution to the heir of a Jewish art dealer killed at Auschwitz after determining that a 17th-century Dutch painting in its collection was once owned by him and was probably plundered by the Nazis.

Tweet 19 people Tweeted this.ShareThis .With the deal, which culminates a more than decade-long investigation by the museum, the MFA remains at the leading edge of an emerging museum practice to proactively research works with little ownership history and make amends if they are found to have been acquired under questionable circumstances. Since 2004, the MFA has returned three other works seized during World War II.

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