Restitution, Recovery and Return | Lost Art



Susan Freeman’s uncle Rudolf Epstein fled to England from Vienna during the outbreak of the Second World War. In his belongings was a print of the library of his great-aunts revealing many of the paintings confiscated by the Nazis when the women were captured (and subsequently tragically killed).

Here Susan recalls the lengthy process of Restitution where eventually Portrait of a Young Woman in White by Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder was recovered and finally returned to the family.

The Gallery of Lost Art was an online exhibition that told the stories of vanished artworks. Whether destroyed, stolen, discarded or erased some of the most significant artworks of the last 100 years have been lost and can no longer be seen.

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