Three items lost during wartime are returned to the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden
The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) in Dresden has received back another three works of art that have been missing since 1945. The paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries turned up on the international art market in 2016. After they were consigned to auction houses, the paintings were examined by experts from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) working in cooperation with the auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and were identified as items lost in Dresden during wartime. The one portrait and two landscape paintings had been taken away for safekeeping at the end of the Second World War along with other museum holdings and had then disappeared. It is not known as yet where the paintings were kept during the past decades up to when they were rediscovered.
According to gallery director Stephan Koja, it was possible to reach amicable settlements with the owners who consigned the works.
The three paintings were registered as missing in the Lost Art Database operated by the German Lost Art Foundation.
“The safe return home of these three paintings is a wonderful example of how provenance research can also help museums regain works of art. It also demonstrates how important databases such as www.lostart.de are,” said Gilbert Lupfer, head of the Research and Scientific Cooperation department at the SKD and academic director of the German Lost Art Foundation.