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Dürer etching back on display at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Date 2016.07.29

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.

View the press re­port by the Staats­ga­lerie Stuttgart (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)