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FBI Returns Jewish Family’s Painting That Was Looted by Nazis in 1933

“Winter” by American impressionist Gary Melchers, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

A painting stolen from a Jewish family by the Nazis in 1933 has been returned to its original owners thanks to the FBI. 

The painting “Winter” by American impressionist Gary Melchers was looted from the art collection of the Mosse family, prominent Jewish residents and philanthropists from Berlin. It was among more than 200 pieces of the family’s artwork stolen by the Nazis. 

The Moss family owned the newspaper, “Berliner Tageblatt,” which was critical of the Nazis. 

“We can never ease the horrors of Nazi Germany from history, but we can, and should, take every opportunity to deliver any justice we can including the return of property to rightful heirs,” Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon said in a statement.  “The Department of Justice will continue to do just that.”

“Winter” was returned to the family’s heirs Thursday during a repatriation ceremony at the FBI Field Office in Albany. 

The painting was eventually purchased by Bartlett Arkell, whose collection is now housed at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, New York. The FBI tracked down the painting in September 2019. Investigators said there’s no evidence that Arkell knew the painting was stolen when he purchased it.

“While it’s believed there were hundreds of thousands of pieces of art stolen by the Nazis, our office is immensely proud to help right even just one wrong done during this evil period of world history,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas F. Relford said. “We may have played a small role in a massive effort, but we will forever recognize the magnitude of this work and we’re truly honored to be able to return this painting to its rightful owners.”

Homeland Security Investigations tracks down 19th Century Painting Stolen in Italy

“The Assumption of the Virgin Mary” by Italian artist Giuseppe Pappini in 1851.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) tracked down a 19th century painting that was stolen in Italy in 2002.

Acting on a tip from the HSI Attaché Office in Rome, investigators found the painting in the Dallas area, where a private art collected had purchased the painting in 2015 from a dealer who apparently was unaware that it was stolen, ICE says in a news release.

The artwork, titled “the Assumption of the Virgin Mary,” was painted by Italian artist Giuseppe Pappini in August 1851.

The private collector agreed to hand over the painting to investigators so it could be returned to the Abbey of Santa Maria in Sylvis in Sesto al Reghena, a monastery in Italy where it had been stolen.

“Investigating the loss or looting of cultural heritage properties and returning them to their countries of origin is an important part of HSI’s diverse mission” Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of HSI Dallas, said. “Our specially trained investigators and attachés in more than 40 countries not only partner with governments, agencies and experts who share our mission to protect these items, but they train the investigators of other nations and agencies on how to find, authenticate and enforce the law to recover these items when they emerge in the marketplace.”

Read more about ICE’s investigations of cultural property, arts and antiques.

FBI Won’t Give Up on Norman Rockwell Painting Stolen 40 Years Ago

The Norman Rockwell painting was featured in the

The Norman Rockwell painting was featured in the Saturday Evening Post.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is not giving up on finding a Norman Rockwell painting that was stolen from a Cherry Hill, N.J. home 40 years ago.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that FBI is issuing a new appeal to find the “Taking a Break” painting, which depicts a weary farmboy.

The oil painting was featured on the cover of a 1919 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

The painting was among several items stolen from the home of Robert and Teresa Grant on June 30, 1976.

Painting Looted by Nazis Returned to Poland, FBI Announces

Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A painting believed to have been looted by the Nazis during World War II has been returned to the government of Poland, the FBI announced.

A U.S. serviceman brought the “Portrait of a Young Man” by Krzysztof Lubieniecki to America. The Baroque painting was later sold to art collectors in Ohio, the Associated Press report. 

A relative of the servicemen recognized the painting and its likely origin, the FBI said.

The FBI turned over the painting to the Polish Ministry of Cultural and National Heritage.

It’s believed that the painting was created around 1728.