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Joram Deutsch v. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Deutsch v. Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. 0100902/2004, slip op. 55 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. July 21, 2004). 




An El Greco, allegedly looted by Nazis from a Budapest collection, was returned to Crete, following an unsuccessful attempt to seize the painting from a Metropolitan Museum exhibition, in order to investigate its provenance. This case is an example of the use of the Federal Immunity from Seizure Act to prevent the seizure of a work of cultural importance during an exhibition of national interest. (see also U.S. v. Portrait of Wally, about an Egon Schiele painting)


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