Despite the fact that Italy agreed to both the Washington Principles and the Terezin Declaration, it does not seem that any of its many museums have examined their collections to determine whether they include artworks with doubtful or unknown provenance during the Mussolini period. Not having made such an examination, Italy has not made public information on museum holdings of possible looted art although The Commission for Art Recovery has learned that at least two museums in Milan are well aware of claims that have been made for art in their collections by Holocaust victims or their heirs.
There follows a portion of a presentation made by The Commission for Art Recovery at a restitution symposium held in Milan on June 23, 2011.
In November 2011, one of the looted paintings in the collection of the Pinacoteca di Brera mentioned in the presentation was seized by a U.S. Attorney in Florida. Romanino’s “Christ Carrying the Cross” was on loan to a museum in Tallahassee, Florida. The painting was returned to the heirs of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe on April 18, 2012.
ROMANINO, Girolamo (b. ca. 1484, Brescia, d. ca. 1559, Brescia) Christ Carrying the Cross
c. 1542 Oil on canvas, 81 x 72 cm Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Press & Scholarly
- Presentation pertaining to Italy presented by the Commission for Art Recovery at a Holocaust restitution symposium held in Milan, Italy on June 23, 2011 (see Past Events)
- Paper presented by Charles A. Goldstein, Milan, Italy on June 23, 2011
- ARTICLE: Thousands of works of art are still “prisoners of war”, December 24, 2011 (in Italian)
- ARTICLE: Thousands of works of art are still “prisoners of war”, December 24, 2011. (English Translation)
- Court Hearing Coming Over a Baroque Painting Looted by Nazis, March 7, 2011
- Tallahassee Democrat Exclusive: Artwork Stolen by Nazis found in brogan Exhibition by Doug Blackburn, September 8, 2011
- Family wrangle halts sale of £1.5m Pissarro stolen by the Gestapo, The Times, 24 June 2009, By Ben Hoyle, Arts Correspondent
- Artwork Stolen By the Nazis Found in Mary Brogan Museum- September 8, 2011
- Man Demands Nazi-Looted Modigliani By Jamie Ross, November 1, 2011
- Federal Agents Seize Painting Plundered By Nazis from Public Display in Tallahassee | Sunshine State News, November 5, 2011
- The Goddess Goes Home Following years of haggling over its provenance, a celebrated statue once identified as Aphrodite, has returned to Italy By Ralph Frammolino , November 2011
- Christie's New York to offer superb 16th century masterpiece by Girolamo Romanino, June 4, 2012, ArtDaily.org
- Nations Called Lax in Returning Art Looted From Jews, by Graham Bowley, The New Yorks Times, September 20, 2014