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LACMA Debuts Exhibit Of Painting Seized In Nazi Occupation Of Italy

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LOS ANGELES ( — A Baroque-era painting looted by the Nazis in 1944 was returned last week to its owner, who promptly announced plans to donate it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, her former employer.

KNX 1070's Brian Ping reports the life-size figure of St. Catherine of Alexandria, painted in Italy around 1615 by Bernardo Strozzi, was installed Monday in LACMA's galleries for European art.

LACMA Debuts Exhibit Of Painting Seized In Nazi Occupation Of Italy

The painting, valued at up to $3 million, is a promised gift to the museum by Philippa Calnan, the original owner's sole direct descendant, according to the Los Angeles Times. Calnan is a retired public affairs director at LACMA.

"She always intended the work would be available to the public, especially the Los Angeles public," LACMA spokeswoman Miranda Carroll said.

The masterpiece is now on display on the museum's third floor.

The work, known for its iridescent color and theatrical side-lighting, turned up on the art market five years ago. On Friday, an Italian court ordered it returned to Calnan.

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