Stolen painting during World War II returns to Germany

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The painting ‘Italian Landscape’ by the painter Johann Franz Nepomuk Lauterer, stolen by an American soldier during World War II, has been returned to Germany.

Stolen painting during World War II returns to Germany

The 18th-century painting "Italian Landscape" by Austrian painter Johann Franz Nepomuk Lauterer was taken by the FBI to the German Consulate in Chicago.

According to the news in Independent Turkce, a person living in Chicago, whose identity was not shared, contacted the company that traces stolen artworks.


Christopher Marinello, the founder of the company, stated that the person in question denied asking for money in exchange for the painting and said that his uncle, who fought in World War II, brought the painting with him when he returned from the war.

The owner of the company stated that later, with the intervention of the FBI and lawyers, the painting was taken back without any money being paid.


The painting, which forms part of a work of two paintings, will be exhibited in a museum in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

Bernd Ebert, the museum's chief curator, said it was exciting that the paintings would be exhibited together for the first time since World War II.

Source: Independent Turkce

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