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Old 11.10.2011, 22:36
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Re: Nazi-looted painting found in Swiss museum

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It's called provenance, and, yes, ESPECIALLY if one is a museum, one is aware.

Yes, there's provenance, but in this case, consider the situation-

Would the Nazi government want to 'document' where they got the painting from? "Painting X, stolen from so-and-so." Further, is it possible the documentation might've been destroyed in the war.

Would someone fleeing the holocaust, risking their life, worry about carrying a document that says, "I own such-and-such a painting?"

Museums do their best to determine provenance for anything in their inventory, but, as has been pointed out, the painting was one in a collection of many that were donated to the museum by an individual who *was* able to demonstrate proper ownership of the collection.
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