Uffizi get the "Vaso di Fiori" back from Germany

A successful cooperation between the German and Italian Ministers for Foreign Affairs

July 03rd, 2019
Giulia Mohammad Abdellatif, News from Berlin

Germany wants to return to Italy the "Flower Vase" by the Dutch painter Jan van Huysum (1682-1749), which was stolen from the Uffizi Gallery by the Nazis during the Second World War.

On June 29th, the German Federal Foreign Office stated the return of the painting to Florence, and it represents the result of the close cooperation between the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, and his Italian counterpart, Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

A public appeal for the return of the painting had been made by Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Gallery, since the beginning of the year. The return is planned for this summer and the two Foreign Ministers will travel to Florence to mark the event.

The "Vaso di Fiori" represents one of the most important masterpieces of the Dutch master, Jan van Huysum, and it will return to its original place, which was assigned by the Tuscan Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine, almost 200 years ago.


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