The heirs of Richard Semmel, a Jewish industrialist persecuted by the Nazis, said they’re “outraged” by a Dutch government panel’s decision to reject their claim for two Old Masters on the grounds that the works are more important to the museums which house them now than they are to the heirs.
Berlin’s Botticellis, Rembrandts and Titians won a reprieve as museum authorities announced they are reconsidering plans to move them from their home at the Gemaeldegalerie to make way for 20th-century art.
Berlin’s Botticellis, Rembrandts and Titians are at the center of a stormy debate as plans to take them out of the Gemaeldegalerie to make way for 20th-century art spark online petitions and furious newspaper columns.
The German government said it will hand over to the Netherlands eight Old Masters that belonged to Dutch Jews before the Nazi occupation and were later seized from their East German owner by the communist regime.
Portraits by Velazquez and Goya are the main attractions in a 55.6-million-pound ($86.5 million) series of Old Master auctions in London next month that have struggled to lure big-ticket works by major artists.