Italy’s Uffizi Gallery demands back Nazi-stolen painting.
An art gallery in Florence has demanded the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops in 1943 and now in the hands of a German family.
Uffizi Gallery head Eike Schmidt said the German government had a “moral duty” to help bring the artwork Vase of Flowers back to the museum.
Dutch master Jan van Huysum painted the still life and it was first displayed in Florence in 1824.
But German troops stole the work in 1943 as they retreated north.
Intermediaries for the unidentified family have demanded payment – which the Uffizi refuses – while Germany says a statute of limitations on crimes committed more than 30 years ago stops it from intervening.
“Because of this, the wounds of World War Two and Nazi terror have not yet healed,” Mr Schmidt said in a statement on the gallery’s website.