- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LONDON (AP) - An El Greco painting looted by the Nazis has been returned to the heirs of its rightful owner.

The Commission for Looted Art in Europe and Art Recovery International said Tuesday the “Portrait of a Gentleman” has been given back to the heirs of collector Julius Priester.

Priester was a prominent industrialist who fled Vienna in March 1938 when Nazi Germany annexed Austria.

The painting was seized by the Gestapo in 1944.

Priester tried unsuccessfully to locate the painting after the war, and the search by his family and heirs continued after his death.

Investigators said the painting was put up for sale in New York last year, prompting a successful claim by the Commission for Looted Art in Europe.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide