Jan van Huysum's 'Flower Vase' painting, stolen by Nazi soldier, returns to Italy
A Nazi soldier had stolen the painting to gift it to his wife.
The foreign ministers of German and Italy were on hand Friday in the Palazzo Pitti, a Renaissance palace that is part of the Uffizi Galleries, for the unveiling from behind crimson drapes of "Flower Vase," a masterpiece by Jan van Huysum, famed for his exquisitely detailed paintings depicting flowers.
Uffizi director German Eike Schmidt earlier this year urged his native country to return the work, at one point publishing images of the painting with the label "wanted" to dramatise his appeal.
Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero hailed the "civic and moral courage of a German director of an Italian museum" in pursuing the painting's return.