Uffizi demands from Germany to return the picture stolen by the Nazis 23/01/2019 automatic translate
FLORENCE. The Italian Uffizi Gallery on the first day of the coming year urged Germany to return the still life of the Dutch master Jan van Heusum . The painting was appropriated by the retreating Nazi forces during World War II.
“Germany has a moral obligation to return this painting to our museum,” said Uffizi chief Eike Schmidt, who himself is an ethnic German. "This story does not heal the wounds inflicted by the Second World War and the horrors of Nazism."
The painting "Vase with Flowers" is estimated at several million dollars, originally exhibited in Florence in 1824. Before that, she was bought by Grand Duke Leopoldo II for his art collection.
After the start of World War II, the canvas hung in the city palace Pitty. In 1940, the Palazzo Pitti art collection was evacuated to a nearby village. Three years later, the picture was captured by German troops. After the reunification of Germany in 1991, the picture was seen in one of the family collections.
Uffizi refuses the services of intermediaries requiring payment for a refund. All attempts to return the work of art through legitimate channels failed. The German authorities say they can not intervene because of the statute of limitations, which prevents the prosecution of alleged crimes committed more than 30 years ago.
“Germany should not apply the statute of limitations to works of art stolen during the war,” said Schmidt, who hung a black and white photo of the missing canvas on January 1 at the Pitti Palace Museum. The word “stolen”, written in Italian, English and German, is noticeably printed on the photo and this photo was also posted on the official Uffizi twitter .