Eike Schmidt, the German director of the Uffizi Gallery, calls for the return of flower vases to Italy. (Twitter: Galerie Uffizi)
In Florence there will be returned the dead nature of the Dutchman, Jan van Huysum, of the Vase of Flowers, which Nazis withdrew from Italy during the Second World War.
- The flower pot, estimated to be worth millions of dollars, was in the hands of a German family
- The painting was originally exhibited in Florence in 1824
- He was evacuated to a nearby location during World War II and stolen by withdrawing German soldiers
Oil, worth millions of dollars, was originally exhibited in Florence in 1824 after it was bought by Grande Duke Leopold II for its art collection.
She was raised in Pitti Town Hall until 1940, when she was evacuated to a nearby village after the war broke out.
Three years later, the picture was taken away and finally taken to Germany, where it reappeared after the reunification of Germany in 1991 – into the hands of a private family.
"Finally [the artwork] comes home after 75 years. The battle was heavy. Today it is a big win for Italy, "said Eike Schmidt, head of the Italian Uffizi Gallery.
Schmidt, who is also a German, calls for the return of art in Florence.
In a statement published on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, it is alleged that Italian and German foreign ministers will travel to Florence due to the official handover of the image.
All efforts so far to return through legitimate channels have so far failed, and Germany has stated that it can not intervene because of the statute of limitations for preventing persecution for alleged crimes committed more than 30 years ago.
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