Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to travel to Florence where he will hand over ‘Vase of Flowers’ by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum to Uffizi Gallery

In this photo made available on January 1, 2019, Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Gallery, poses for a photo as he holds onto a copy of a still-life "Vase of Flowers," by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum, with writing in red reading "stolen," inside the Uffizi gallery, in Florence, Italy. (Uffizi Gallery press office via AP)

In this photo made available on January 1, 2019, Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Gallery, poses for a photo as he holds onto a copy of a still-life “Vase of Flowers,” by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum, with writing in red reading “stolen,” inside the Uffizi gallery, in Florence, Italy. (Uffizi Gallery press office via AP)

Germany said Saturday it will return to Italy a painting by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum that was stolen by Nazi troops during World War II.

The government said in a statement that Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero will travel to Florence soon to hand the still-life “Vase of Flowers” back to the Uffizi Gallery.

The oil painting, a still-life which measures 47×35 cm (18×14 inches), had been part of the Pitti Palace collection in Florence from 1824 until the outbreak of World War II. It was stolen by German troops and didn’t surface again until after Germany’s reunification.

“Vase of Flowers” by Jan van Huysum. (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

After being shipped to Germany the work’s whereabouts remained unknown until 1991, after Germany was reunified.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the family that currently possesses the painting would be compensated.

Van Huysum was a well-known specialist of still-life paintings. In January Schmidt appealed to Berlin asking that the painting be returned and saying at the time that until it is “the wounds of the Second World War and Nazi terror will not be healed.”

In the meantime, a black and white copy of “Flower Vase” was hung at the Uffizi Gallery, with the word “stolen” in English, German, and Italian on it.

A brief explanation tells visitors that the work was stolen by Nazi soldiers in 1944 and is now in a German private collection.

 

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