The Museum of Pontevedra plans to deliver to Poland tomorrow, Wednesday, two paintings that, in December 2020, were identified by their provenance from Nazi looting, a diptych composed of a Dolorosa and a 15th-century “Exe Homo”.
After two years of paperwork, the pieces will be returned to their country of origin and collected by a delegation from the Polish government, headed by the Director of the Cultural Property Department of the Polish Ministry of Cultural and National Heritage, Elzbieta Rogowska.
two pieces that will return to poland belonged to the Czartoryski collectionAccording to documents provided by the Polish Ministry of Culture, it was stolen by officials of the Nazi regime in Gołucho during World War II.
Both paintings, after leaving Warsaw in 1944, rThey appear in an art store in Madrid, 1973 And they arrived at the Museo de Pontevedra in 1994 as part of the purchase of the José Fernández López collection, which is made up of 313 paintings by different authors and chronologies.
Experts do not know where and when they were acquired by Fernández López, but everything indicates that he could have done so in the Sala Pares in Barcelona or in the El Cisne gallery in Madrid, of which he was a regular customer.
A company specializing in art will take care of the paintings, which they will fly to polandWhere they will be deposited in the National Museum of Poznań.
“This restoration is an act of justice that we are very proud of,” said César Mosquera, political manager of the Pontevedra Museum, vice president of the Pontevedra Provincial Council.
“We did what we had to do” return these two works of artA gesture that “we hope will serve as an example for other museums and private collections to do the same,” Mosquera said.
enjoy works of art knowing that The looting of the Nazis continues “It is not acceptable,” said the provincial vice-president, even though, in the case of the Museum of Pontevedra, after having acquired them “legally and with good intentions”.
was diptych Initially attributed to the Dutch painter Dierik BoutsMain representative of what became known as the Leuven School, but it was eventually clarified that they were the work of someone in his group.
Currently, the economic valuation of each table for insurance purposes is around 130,000 Euros.