March 2, 2011

Ardelia Hall

Ardelia Hall (1899-1979) is the quintessential personification of a one-woman campaign to track down looted art and restitute thousands of these missing works to their rightful […]
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 […]
November 14, 2011

Safeguarding art in Nazi Germany for the greater good: an outline

For as long as museums have existed, one of their cardinal raisons d’être has been to preserve the finest specimens of “CULTURE” for the greater good, […]
January 11, 2012

The “three graces” of art restitution

“The Graces of the Gardens of the Hesperides”, Rubens, taken by the ERRSource: Holocaust-Era Assets Portal, NARA, RG 111-SC-374665 Although they were not paragons of beauty […]
February 12, 2013

Three Impressionist paintings, three (or rather two) destinies

On March 1, 1941, the Paris art dealership of Durand-Ruel ships to its German client, Mr. Wolfgang Krüger, three high-priced paintings by noted French Impressionists: 1/ […]
October 1, 2016

“The Actor,” by Pablo Picaso

by Marc Masurovsky The Actor, by Pablo Picasso. Saturday morning, 1 October 2016, brought news of a restitution claim filed by the Leffmann family heirs against […]
December 5, 2016

The U.S. Department of State Is Structurally Unable To Perform Appropriate Provenance Research On Immunity From Seizure Applications Submitted By Foreign Museums

by Marc Masurovsky and Pierre Ciric[1] The Holocaust Art Restitution project (“HARP”) initiated research into the State Department’s ability to perform appropriate provenance research on immunity […]
November 23, 2019

Diplomatic highs and lows in Paris

by Marc Masurovsky Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, special envoy on Holocaust affairs for the US Department of State, was one of the most prominent speakers at the […]
December 27, 2019

“The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian” by Andrea del Castagno

by Marc Masurovsky Stranger things have happened regarding works of art with no written pasts that end up in a world-class museum like New York City’s […]