US agents seize painting believed stolen by Nazis

November 4, 2011 23:26

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- US officials on Friday seized a valuable oil painting believed to have been stolen from its Jewish owners by the Nazis during World War Two.

The 473-year-old "Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue" had been on display at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art of and Science in Tallahassee, Florida, since March.

It was part of a collection of 50 paintings on loan from the Pinacoteca di Brera museum in Milan, Italy, for an exhibit due to close on Sunday.

Agents for the US Department of Homeland Security seized the painting after months of legal wrangling and negotiations.

According to federal officials, the painting was owned by Federico Gentili di Giuseppe, an Italian Jew living in Paris, who died of natural causes in 1940 a month before Germany invaded France. The painting and over 70 other works were confiscated and sold by the French Vichy government in 1941.

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