April 15, 2011

ERR database—The Voronoff Case

Georges Voronoff was born on 7 April 1873, in Voronej/Voronezh, Russia. A doctor by training, he and his wife, Andree, lived in Paris, at 132, rue […]
May 5, 2011

Now open for business: The “International Research Portal” on Nazi-era looting of objects of art

International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural PropertySource: NARA A newfangled “International Research Portal” has been launched to facilitate archival research on Nazi looting […]
May 27, 2011

Gabriel Metsu at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

This stunning exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, which had already been at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, brings together […]
June 2, 2011

Memorable quotes from US restitution officials, 1943-1955

Francis Henry TaylorSource: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution “Public institutions disposing of trust funds could not very well connive in the liquidation of the artistic […]
June 7, 2011

A 1940 “fait divers” in Fascist Italy

Dateline 1940. Two years have elapsed since the Fascist Government of Benito Mussolini enacted anti-Jewish laws, inspired by the infamous 1935 Nürnberg Laws in Nazi Germany […]
June 18, 2011

MNR (Musées Nationaux Récupération) Notes—R 6 P « Femme au turban, » by Marie Laurencin

R 6 PSource: Ministère de la culture – Musées Nationaux Récupération Research always begets more research. It’s a bottomless, endless process. One has to be very […]
June 25, 2011

Maillol bronze bathing beauty seeks rightful owner

It pays to read everything. As in any criminal investigative case, every stone must be turned over to look for any clue that might help solve […]
July 11, 2011

A work of art is not a work of art

SEL531Source: ERR Project via Bundesarchiv On 30 May 1947, the French “Commission de récupération artistique” (CRA) handed over 29 works and objects of art to the […]
August 15, 2011

“Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berri”—still missing?

The basic facts: When the Nazis steal everything there is to steal from the dozen or so members of the French branch of the Rothschild family […]