In first, museum in Germany returns art looted by Nazis
By Jacques Lemieux, AFPMONTREAL--A German museum for the first time on Tuesday returned a painting despoiled by the Nazis to the estate of a late German Jewish art dealer.
March 6, 2013, 12:34 am TWN
Concordia University in Montreal, acting on behalf of the executors of the estate of Max Stern (1904-1987), announced Staatsgalerie Stuttgart's restitution of an early Northern Renaissance painting belonging to Stern.
Clarence Epstein, who leads the restitution project, received the painting at a ceremony at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. He was accompanied by Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
The painting of the Virgin and Child, attributed to the Master of Flemalle (1375-1444), identified by historians as Robert Campin, was donated to the Stuttgart museum after the Second World War.
“This work is important because, first of all, it's an early Renaissance painting. Early Renaissance paintings are not very frequently on the market, particularly if you can look at the market today. They are highly praised and highly sought after works,” Epstein told AFP.
“And Campin was one of the most important painters of his time in Europe,” he added.