Italian Museum Wants Germany to Return Painting Stolen by Nazis
The director of a well-known art museum in Italy is urging Germany to return a Dutch painting stolen by Nazi troops during World War II.
Eike Schmidt is director of Uffizi Gallery, a museum in the Italian city of Florence. He is making the issue known by hanging a black-and white image of the painting. The word "Stolen" appears on the image in three languages.
Schmidt said this week that the painting "Vase of Flowers" by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum is in the hands of a German family that has refused to return it – even after many appeals. Representatives for the family have demanded payment for its return to Italy.
The "Vase of Flowers" painting is worth millions of dollars. It was first put on display in Florence in 1824, after Grande Duke Leopoldo II bought it for his art collection.
Schmidt said, "The painting is already the inalienable property of the Italian State, and thus cannot be ‘bought."
The oil painting hung as part of Leopoldo II's collection from 1824 until World War II. It was moved to a village for safety during the war, but Nazi troops stole it. It did not appear again until Germany reunified in 1991, when the offers to sell it back to Italy began.
Schmidt, who is German, said issues like these are preventing the healing of wounds from the war. "Germany should not apply the statute of limitations to works of art stolen during the war," he said, adding that the country must ensure those works are returned to their owners.
He called it Germany's "moral duty" to return the artwork. "I trust that the German government will do so at the earliest opportunity," he said."
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1.World War II 第二次世界大战
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2.oil painting 油画
The oil painting depicts up the grand scene of the Red Army crossing the snow-capped mountains.
3.art museum 艺术博物馆；美术馆
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4.moral duty 道德义务
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5.It was first put on display in Florence in 1824, after Grande Duke Leopoldo II bought it for his art collection.
put on display 展示
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6."I trust that the German government will do so at the earliest opportunity," he said."
at the earliest opportunity 尽早
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埃克·施密特（Uffizi Gallery）是意大利佛罗伦萨市乌菲兹美术馆的馆长 。他将这幅画作的黑白照片悬挂在乌菲兹美术馆内，向公众展示 。照片用三种语言标示出“被盗”字样 。
本周，施密特表示，这幅由荷兰艺术家扬·范·海以森创作的《花瓶》目前落入一户德国家庭手中，而该家庭无视意大利的多次呼吁，拒绝归还该名画 。该家庭的代表还要求意大利“赎回”名画 。
《花瓶》价值数百万美元 。1824年，在大公爵利奥波多二世买下这幅画作为艺术收藏品后，它首次在佛罗伦萨被展出 。
从1824年到二战爆发期间，这幅画一直作为奥波尔多二世的部分藏品展出 。在战争期间，为安全起见画作被转移到一处村庄，但被纳粹士兵窃取 。直到1991年德国重新统一后，这幅画才现身，当时德国打算向意大利出售该名画 。
施密特是德国人，他说，这类历史遗留问题会阻止战争所造成的创伤愈合 。“德国不应把诉讼时效用在二战期间被盗的艺术品上”，他表示，德国必须确保让这些艺术品物归原主 。
他把归还这些艺术品称为德国的“道义责任” 。“我相信德国政府会尽快采取行动，”他说 。