Wednesday 12 February 2014

More artworks discovered in Austria

Back in November 2014, the discovery of a trove of hundreds of art masterpieces in an apartment in Munich made headlines around the world.

As we explained here, the trove was found by German authorities investigating Cornelius Gurlitt, the 81 year old son of Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. Upon entering Gurlitt's apartment, the authorities discovered the artworks, including some believed to have been looted by the Nazis.

It is now being reported that yet more pieces were discovered in a second home belonging to Gurlitt.

The Telegraph reports:
Officials investigating the secret Nazi-era art cache hoarded by an elderly German art collector are examining a second stash of paintings found at another of his addresses. 
Cornelius Gurlitt, who kept around 1,400 works at his apartment in Munich, also had around 60 pieces in a flat in the Austrian city of Salzburg, it was disclosed. 
The works were secured on Monday and were being examined by experts at Mr Gurlitt’s request to establish whether any of them had been looted by the Nazis, said [Mr Gurlitt’s spokesman, Stephan Holzinger].

“At the request of Cornelius Gurlitt, the works are being examined by experts on whether they include possibly stolen art,” he said. “A preliminary assessment based on an initial screening did not substantiate such a suspicion.”

Source: The Telegraph, 11 February 2014.

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