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“French police recover painting by Rembrandt (or in the style of Rembrandt) stolen in 1999 from the municipal museum in Draguignan”

French police recover painting by Rembrandt (or in the style of Rembrandt) stolen in 1999 from the municipal museum in Draguignan

Via ArtCrime.Blogspot

“Journalist Vincent Noce reports in the French newspaper, Liberation, that a Rembrandt painting stolen in 1999 has been recovered in Nice (“Un Rembrandt volé en 1999 e été retrouvé à nice, 19 March 2014) although the thieves may have discovered the work was not by the ‘genius from Amsterdam’.
Noce reported that Tuesday afternoon French police from the unit assigned to fighting trafficking in cultural goods (OCBC) arrested two men (ages 44 and 51 years old) for trying to sell a painting stolen 15 years ago from the municipal museum in Draguignan in southeastern France. The oil painting, measuring 60 cm by 50, is attributed to Rembrandt and known as “Child with a Soap Bubble”. According to Noce’s article, the recovered painting has an estimated value of 4 million euros (U.S. $5.56 million) — if it is indeed by the Dutch master and not by an artist inspired by Rembrandt. According to the article, the museum’s inventory shows that the painting was taken from the Château de Valbelle [now in ruins] in Tourves during the revolution in 1794. 
Sophie Legras, writing for L’Agence France-Presse (AFP) and published in Le Figaro, reports that judicial police in Nice helped the OCBC in recovering the painting . . . . .”

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“Research Looted Art Oranjes”

“Research Looted Art Oranjes”

by Audrey Graanoogst via “NL Times”

“The Royal House is investigating whether there is looted art in the art collection of the royal family. An expert will study the origin of the collection, belonging to the Royal Collections since 1933.  An independent expert with specific experience in this area will perform the research, announced the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD). . . .”

 

The Kindertransport Journey Museum QuiltingTraveling Exhibit

The Kindertransport Journey Museum Quilting Traveling Exhibit

The Story Behind the Exhibition:

Most people have forgotten about it, if they ever even knew in the first place.  They called it Operation Kindertransport–the mission that to save endangered children.  At the time it began, Hitler already ruled Germany and Austria; the holocaust was in its beginning stages.  Then Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) saw Nazi forces implementing a series of programs against Jewish families resulting in the death of 91 and the arrest and assignment to concentration camps for 30,000 others.  Suddenly, those watching knew that things were about to get a lot worse.  

Five days later, several concerned Jewish and Quaker UK citizens went to the British government asking for help in a rescue mission  they were planning to help children most at risk. The original idea was to collect children or teens in danger of arrest, orphans, and children whose parents were imprisoned.  The UK would then house and

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