Germany will back the picture from the collection of Frederick the Great

Germany will back the picture from the collection of Frederick the GreatWednesday, July 11, the U.S. will take the painting back to the Baroque era from the collection of king Frederick the Great, which about 70 years ago was stolen near Berlin servants of the red army.According to Bloomberg, the official ceremony of the return of works of art will be held with the participation of the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy in the castle Sanssouci in Potsdam.The painting is a copy of the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens, painted in 1624-1625. It depicts the head of John the Baptist beheaded at the request of Salome, the Princess and her servant.The painting was in the collection of the king of Prussia in 1764, was kept at his summer residence Sanssouci, but in 1942 was deposited in Rheinsberg Palace. After the Second World war, the picture was gone; lost her trail in the USSR. The painting resurfaced on the market in early 2011, when it was put up for auction in USA. The Americans established the origin of the work, because information about it was contained in a database of the Art Loss Register. The person that posted the picture on the auction, agreed to return it to Germany.Found a picture, as noted by the Agency, is an important finding for researchers of the works of Rubens, as his painting has not survived, but a copy was made during the artist's life. There are several versions of Rubens, they are stored in the UK and Dresden.In the gallery of Frederick the Great 159 hung paintings on the whereabouts 89 of them are still unknown. In 2011 Sanssouci was returned about ten paintings. According to the Foundation of palaces and gardens of Prussia, whose conduct has Sanssouci, still no information about 4000 paintings that went missing during the war. Source: Germany will return a picture from the collection of Frederick the Great.

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