Netherlands restitution

Following recommendations by the Restitutions Committee in the Netherlands, the Dutch government is to return 13 paintings to heirs of Jewish collectors persecuted by the Nazis.

The heirs of Hans Ludwig Larsen will receive 12 works, including Dorp in de Winter (Town in the Winter) by 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Van Goyen, currently on display at the Mauritshuis museum in the Hague. The heirs of Richard Semmel will receive one painting, Portrait of a Man, 1632, by Dutch painter Thomas de Keyser, currently housed at Museum Gouda. The Restitutions Committee was set up by the Dutch ministry of culture in 2002 to advise on the return of cultural property related to state collections.

This article was published in The Art Newspaper, October 2009, p12. To see it in context, click on the PDF link below.

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