Spain’s Prado Museum seeks artwork seized during Spanish Civil War

Spain’s Prado Museum on Thursday announced a list of 62 works of art seized during the 1936-39 civil war and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and announced a research project that could lead to the works being returned to their legitimate owners.

Among the works are paintings by 17th-century Flemish artist Jan Brueghel the Younger and Spanish impressionist Joaquin Sorolla, according to the list.

The two-century-old museum said in a statement that it had set up a research team to study the 25 works and determine if there are other works that were also confiscated.

“The project aims to clarify any doubts that may exist regarding the history and context of the works prior to their cession to the Prado collections, which, in compliance with all legal requirements, may result in the return of the works to their rightful owners. “, did he declare. .

The results of the research, which will be led by senior professor and cultural heritage and Civil War expert Arturo Colorado, are expected in early 2023.

More than half a million people died during the Spanish Civil War and around 150,000 were later killed during the crackdown of Franco’s dictatorship from 1939 to 1975, historians estimate.

None of the works on the list are on display at the museum, which is part of Madrid’s “Golden Triangle of Art” along with the Reina Sofia and Thyssen galleries. One of the most famous monuments in the capital, the Prado contains more than 7,000 of the most beautiful paintings and other works of art in the world.

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