Stolen World War II painting returned

2012-04-18 11:05

A nearly 500-year-old Italian painting is going to be given back to a Jewish family that lost it during World War II.

Today, US authorities in Tallahassee, Florida, will formally return the Baroque painting to representatives of the family of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe.

Di Giuseppe died in 1940 shortly before the Nazis occupied France. The Vichy government later sold the painting, but his family said the sale was illegal.

US authorities seized the painting from a Florida museum in November after discovering the family had been seeking its return. It had been part of a larger exhibit on loan from a Milan (Italy) museum.

A Federal judge in February ordered that the painting – Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue – be returned to the family.

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