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3 March 2017: Publication of dossier of 78 paintings in Belgian museums returned from Germany after the war

The 78 paintings were returned to Belgium after the war but Belgium has never officially published their identities nor undertaken full research in order to return them to their rightful owners.

Journalist Geert Sels has now made them available as a list with the location of each and with reference to the names of possible owners. 50 of the 78 paintings have a provenance that is not complete. The dossier includes six articles, several case studies and many illustrations.

As a result of Geert Sels's work, a government working group was to convene in March 2017.

The dossier was published at the end of February 2017 in the Belgian art magazine Openbaar Kunstbezit Vlaanderen and is available here as a searchable pdf. The list of the paintings is on p.40.

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Update June 2021

The 78 artworks returned to Belgium after the war numbered 78 in total and are today in 11 public institutions. To date 6 of the 11 have published the works they hold:

Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (
Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp): Provenance research page (in Dutch only) listing 21 paintings by the following artists: The beach of Scheveningen by Cornelis Beelt, Landscape with skaters by Adam van Breen, Portrait of a Man and Eva by Lucas Cranach ll, Madonna by Jan Gossaert, Landscape by Jan van Goyen, Triumphal arch in Venice by Francesco Guardi, The card game and The tea hour by Jan Josef Horemans ll, The fruit seller by Jacob Jordaens l, Saint Dorothea of Caesarea in a wreath of flowers by Phillippe de Marlier, Man of sorrows by Master of Saint Veronica, Holy family by Jan Massijs, Singing man by Adriaen van Ostade, Madonna with saints by Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Paradise of the birds by Roelant Savery, The judgement of Paris by Joachim Wtewael, Annunciation and Conversion of Paul by South Netherlandish Master, Vanitas by Jan Denens and Still life by Jan Foppens van Es, all returned to Belgium after the war.

Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique Brussels
(Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium): Cultural Goods World War ll Database: 24 works of art listed, all returned to Belgium after the war and 21 of which went through the MCCP; also Database of some works in their collection with images

Rubenshuis Antwerp (Rubens House Antwerp): War Art in the Collection page (in Dutch only) listing 8 paintings returned to Belgium after the war: Portrait of a man former attributed to Cornelis de Vos, Wreath of fruits with Our Lady in grisaille by Frans Snijders, Landscape with cows by Lucas van Uden, Pastoral by Jan Wildens and Victor ll Wolfvoet, The Lamentation, The Commission in the temple, Neptune and Amphitrite, and Moses and his Ethiopian wife Seporah by Jacob Jordaens

Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Gent (Museum of Fine Arts Ghent): Provenance research page listing five paintings with images - Carrying the Cross by Monogrammist DR, Village Lawyer after Pieter ll Breughel, 1621, Landscape with a farmhouse by Pieter de Bloot, and Feast of St George by Gillis l Mostaert, all returned to Belgium after the war.

M-Museum Leuven: Provenance research page listing one painting, Legend of St Quentin by anonymous South Netherlandish painter, previously attributed to Jan ll Van Rillaer and Bernard Van Orley, returned to Belgium via MCCP after the war

Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen: Provenance research page (in Dutch only) listing one painting, Adoration of the shepherds by Pieter Coecke van Aelst, returned to Belgium after the war