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Art stolen by Nazis coming to Worcester Art Museum 

WORCESTER – The exhibition, What the Nazis Stole from Richard Neumann (and the search to get it back) will be on display at the Worcester Art Museum from April 10 – Jan. 16, 2022.

The exhibit will present the story of Dr. Richard Neumann (1879-1959) an Austrian-Jewish collector who was committed to promoting the important role of the arts in civic life. Through a presentation of 13 Old Master paintings and sculptures from Neumann’s once extensive art collection, including works by celebrated artists of the Italian Renaissance, such as Alessandro Magnasco, Giovanni Battista Pittoni, Alessandro Longhi, Alessandro Algardi and Giuseppe Sanmartino, the exhibit will follow his escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna and Paris during World War II, his passion for art, and the family’s 50-year effort to reassemble the collection alongside restitution advocates, provenance researchers, and museum allies. 

The small fraction of his collection that has been successfully restituted to his heirs, is currently on extended loan to the Worcester Art Museum in keeping with Dr. Neumann’s lifelong desire to have great art accessible and enjoyed by the public.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts and anonymous donors. Additional support is provided by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, PEACE Fund GWCF, Marlene and David Persky, Carol and Michael Sleeper, Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Dean, Dr. Shirley S. Siff, Johanna D. Drooz Yoffie and Alan S. Yoffie and Carol Seager.

For more information, email or call (508) 799-4406.

Main Photo: Neri di Bicci, Madonna with Child, 1400s, oil on panel, The Selldorff Family in memory of Richard Neumann.

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