Thursday, January 22, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Norton Simon's Nazi-Loot Appeal

By Sarah Cascone
Lucas Cranach the Elder's paintings of Adam and Eve at the Norton Simon Museum. Photo: Rachael Moore/Flickr.
CALIFORNIA---The US Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum in the case of the ownership of Lucas Cranach the Elder's paintings Adam and Eve (both circa 1530). The artworks originally belonged to Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker, who in 1940 was forced to flee the Netherlands following the Nazi invasion. In a statement, the Norton Simon insisted it “remains confident that it holds complete and proper title to Adam and Eve, and will continue to pursue . . . all appropriate legal options." [link]