$3 Million Painting Stolen By Nazis in 1944 Now At LACMA
It's not everyday that someone is reunited with the artwork they lost to Nazis almost 70 years ago. A Baroque-era painting was returned last week to the sole descendent of the owner after it was looted by the Nazis in 1944, and the new owner, Philippa Calnan, donated it directly to LACMA.
The 1615 piece from artist Bernardo Strozzi was installed in LACMA's galleries for European art on Monday. The Baroque-era painting is valued between $2.5 million to $3 million, and is a painting of the life-sized figure of St. Catherine of Alexandria and is marked by its iridescent colors, The Los Angeles Times reported.
An Italian court gave the painting to Calnan—who was a retired public affairs director at LACMA and decided to donate the piece to the museum—on Nov. 22. The painting had showed up on the art market in 2008 when it was seen in Vienna; when Sotheby's had been contacted about buying the masterpiece, they recognized it as having been looted by Nazis, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Associated Press reported earlier this month a treasure trove of more than 1,400 pieces of artwork was found in a German apartment in Feb. 2012, with many to have been believed that were stolen by the Nazis.