Two 17th Century Paintings Looted by Nazis Are Donated to the Louvre by Jewish Heirs

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Two 17th century paintings were recently donated to the Louvre Museum in Paris after experts identified the descendants of the original owner.

Floris van Schooten’s Still-Life with Ham and Peter Binoit’s Food, Fruit and Glass on a Table had been part of the Louvre’s Nordic collection for several decades and held under the “National Museum Recuperation” programme for stolen works whose owners are unknown, according to France 24. The two paintings had also been on display at the institution since the 1950s.

In 1944, the two paintings were looted by Nazis from a mansion in central Paris owned by Mathilde Javal. After the end of World War II, Javal had officially requested the restitution of her family’s works of art. According to the Louvre museum, evidence of Javal’s request was found in a letter, but the paintings could not be returned due to lack of information about their rightful ownership. The museum also said errors for Javal’s name and their address also added confusion.

After the the van Schooten and Binoit paintings were returned to 48 descendants of Javal, many of the rights holders, as well as their children and grandchildren, gathered at the museum on June 4 before the op...


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Two 17th Century Paintings Looted by Nazis Are Donated to the Louvre by Jewish Heirs