Feds seek return of painting looted by Nazis

‘An Amorous Couple’ by Pierre Louis Goudreaux. U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York image

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. government says it wants to return a painting to its true owner that was looted from a museum in Nazi-controlled Ukraine during World War II.

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Man linked to largest art heist in history freed from prison

Johannes Vermeer’s The Concert, stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, is thought to be the most valuable unrecovered stolen painting, with a value estimated at over $200 million. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history criticized government officials Monday as he adjusted to being back home after finishing a four-year prison sentence for weapons crimes.

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Recovered Willem de Kooning painting back in the spotlight

Willem de Kooning’s ‘Woman-Ochre’was stolen in 1985. University of Arizona Museum of Art image

PHOENIX (AP) – More than 30 years after it was brazenly stolen from an Arizona museum, a painting by Willem de Kooning reportedly worth $100 million is going on display back where it all began.

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Suspect in Belgium Jewish museum attack claims innocence

Jewish Museum of Belgium photographed in 2009 by Michel Wal. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

BRUSSELS (AP) – A suspected jihadi insisted Tuesday that he’s innocent of terrorism charges over the 2014 killing of four people at Belgium’s Jewish museum, as the jury in his trial prepared to consider its verdict.

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British museum agrees to return emperor’s hair to Ethiopia

Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II (1818-1868). Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – Two locks of hair belonging to widely revered Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros will be repatriated after a request from Addis Ababa, the National Army Museum in Britain announced Monday, as more African countries seek to reclaim heritage they say was taken decades, even centuries, ago.

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Court rejects injunction against German museum over painting

Henri-Edmond Cross (1856-1910), Regatta in Venice, painted 1903/04. Public domain image

BERLIN (AP) – A German court has rejected a bid by the heirs of a Jewish French art collector to seize a painting that a Houston museum has loaned to Germany.

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Jewish collector’s heirs claim US museum’s painting was looted

Henri Edmond Cross (French, 1856-1910), ‘Regatta in Venice,’ oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, image

BERLIN (AP) – The heirs of a Jewish collector say a painting from a Texas museum on loan in Germany was stolen from their family by the Nazis, and have filed a legal request for its return, a German newspaper reported Wednesday.

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Man pleads guilty to stealing from BYU library

Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Photo by Mark A. Philbrick, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

PROVO, Utah (AP) – A self-proclaimed Latter Day Saint antiquities dealer has pleaded guilty to stealing books from the Brigham Young University library.

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Powder horn stolen from Detroit-area museum in 1952 returned

The Nowlin Powder Horn was stolen in 1952. Image courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – An oxen gunpowder container made in 1757 and stolen more than 60 years ago from a Detroit-area museum has been returned. Read more

Theft of Madonna church painting puzzles Belgian police

The Madonna, a representation of Mary, often depicted with her child Jesus, is a central icon for the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Pictured is ‘Madonna in the rose-garden’ by Stefan Lochner, 1448, which is not the stolen painting from Belgium. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

BRUSSELS (AP) – It’s probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn’t stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. But the disappearance of a painting that a priest claimed resembled a work by the Renaissance master has Belgian investigators scratching their heads.

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