Significant Restitutions

Many restitutions cases have been successfully resolved between claimants and current owners of works of art looted or sold under duress during World War II. There has been particular success since the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets. The Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art have helped aid in the restitution process.

The Monuments Men Foundation hopes that claimants and current owners - whether museums or private individuals - will continue to seek just and fair solutions to ongoing restitution issues.

2012 – "Bouquet of Flowers" sold under duress makes its way back to rightful owner

Bouquet of Flowers in a Clay Vase from the studio of Jan Brueghel the Elder was originally owned by Viennese Jewish merchant Julius Kien. When... Read More

2012 – Romanino seized from Italian collection and returned to rightful owners

Girolamo Romanino’s Christ Carrying the Cross was on loan at the Mary Brogan Museum in Tallahassee, Florida, when U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh seized... Read More

2011 – $44m worth Klimt returned

Painted in 1915 by Gustav Klimt, Litzlberg am Attersee was seized by the Nazis from the apartment of Amalie Redlich in a village near Vienna, Austria.... Read More

2006 – Beautiful van Ruysdael among the 200 works of art returned by the Dutch Government to Goudstikker’s heirs

In February 2006, after years of pressing restitution claims, the Dutch government finally returned over 200 pictures to the heirs of Jacques Goudstikker, one of Amsterdam’s... Read More

2006 – Klimt’s "Gold Portrait" of Adele Bloch-Bauer returned to 90-year-old heir

The painting is a masterpiece of Klimt’s gilded phase showing Adele Bloch-Bauer, a very cultivated Viennese woman who had her portrait done by the... Read More

2006 – Allori’s painting, believed to be destroyed in 1945, resurfaced

This very small painting is a portrait of Eleonora of Toledo (1522-1562), wife of Cosimo de Medici I, the first Duke of Florence. It was... Read More

2006 – Turner from the Kimbell Art Museum returned to the Jaffé’s heirs

Jewish art collectors Anna and John Jeffé bought Turner’s Glaucus and Scylla in 1902 and owned it until 1943, when the pro-Nazi Vichy government seized it... Read More

1999 – The Seattle Art Museum returns Matisse’s "Odalisque" to Rosenbergs

Matisse’s Oriental Woman Seated on the Floor (also known as Odalisque) was one of approximately 162 paintings confiscated in 1941 by the Nazi authorities from Paul... Read More

1993 – Almost 50 years later, the Quedlinburg Treasure goes back home

On April 19, 1945, American troops occupied Quedlinburg, south-west of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. They were ordered to guard some treasures of art secured in a mine near the... Read More

1963 – Two Pollaiuolos found in Pasadena, California

In 1944, the two small panels by Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Hercules and Antaeus and Hercules and the Hydra, were taken by 362° German Infantry Division from the... Read More