Dürer etching back on display at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Albert Dürer’s copperplate etching “Maria, von einem Engel gekrönt” (1520) has returned to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart after the print had been presumably stolen in the French zone of occupation at the end of World War II in 1945. The piece reappeared at a flea market near Sarrebourg (Lorraine).
It bears the stamp of the Staatsgalerie which enabled the Alsatian finder – a collector and archaeologist who purchased the etching – to identify its provenance. He then searched the Lost Art Database operated by the German Lost Art Foundation where Dürer’s work had been listed as lost since 2003 under the Lost Art ID# 296062. The finder contacted the Staatsgalerie and donated Dürer’s copperplate etching to the museum.
The Lost Art Database contains information on cultural assets which were displaced or relocated as a result of the events of World War II, or – in the case of Jewish ownership – items that were illegally confiscated by the Nazis under threat of persecution.