Houston’s premier museum confronts Chilean family in federal court Thursday over allegations that the museum improperly obtained 18th-century paintings stolen by the Nazis from Jewish collectors during World War II doing. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston documents allegations that Bernard Bellott’s sale of landscaped works was made at the request of the ancestors of the parties to the proceedings, through appropriate channels before the war.
The collector’s family believes that the sale was forced under anti-Semitic economic pressure and Nuremberg law, and states that the painting should be returned. The Monumentmen Foundation for Art Preservation believes that the work belongs to the collector’s family. Anna Bottinelli, chairman of the Foundation and head of research on art discovery, told MFAH in a statement last summer that evidence of an organizational investigation would “quickly return Bellott’s paintings to legitimate heirs.” There is an urgent obligation. “