Timeline: the legal battle over Cranach’s Adam and Eve
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Timeline: the legal battle over Cranach’s Adam and Eve

Hermann Göring leaving the Goudstikker art dealership at the Herengracht 458, Amsterdam © Wikicommons 1931 The Jewish collector and dealer Jacques Goudstikker buys the pair of paintings Adam and Eve (around 1530) by Lucas Cranach the Elder at an auction in Berlin of works “from the Stroganoff Collection”. 1940 Goudstikker flees the Nazi-invaded Netherlands, dying en-route. His collection is seized by Hermann Göring, Hitler’s deputy. Although much of it was returned by the Allies to the Dutch authorities for restitution in 1946, his heir and daughter-in-law, Marei von Saher says the art, including the Cranachs, was not returned to the Goudstikker family. 1961 The exiled Russian aristocrat George Stroganoff-Sherbatoff claims that he is the rightful owner of four paintings in Dutch hands—the Cranachs, a Rembrandt and a Petrus Christus—which he said had been seized by the Soviets after the Russian Revolution. 1966 The Dutch government sells the Cranachs to Stroganoff-Sherbatoff for 60,000 guilders. 1971 The American collector Norton Simon buys the Cranachs from Stroganoff-Sherbatoff for $800,000. The Pasadena Museum of Modern Art was renamed for Simon in 1975. 1990s Von Saher initates a claim against the Dutch government, but this is rejected by the Dutch courts on the grounds […]

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