Hearst Castle to return artworks seized by Nazis

Painting attributed to a student of Paris Bordone will stay at Hearst Castle

For decades, three Italian Renaissance paintings have hung on the walls of Hearst Castle without betraying their grim history.

But on Friday, state parks officials will formally acknowledge the artworks’ past, turning them over to the heirs of a Jewish couple who were forced by the Nazis to liquidate their Berlin art gallery in 1935.

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Published in: on April 10, 2009 at 8:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Spectacular French Bronzes on View at Metropolitan Museum

 François Lespingola (1644-1705), Hercules Rescuing Prometheus, Late 17th-century. Bronze ; Overall: 16 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany

Beginning in the 16th century, a tradition of bronze sculpture developed in France that was influenced by achievements of the Italian Renaissance, while manifesting its own distinct refinement and force. Even though French bronzes were among the glories of royal châteaux, including Versailles, and were collected eagerly by connoisseurs, they have received relatively little scrutiny from scholars. Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, brings together a large number of spectacular bronzes and is the first exhibition to address this subject in 40 years.

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Published in: on February 24, 2009 at 7:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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