Probe finds 1 suspect painting in Dutch royals' collection

AP News
Posted: Mar 31, 2015 8:11 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation into the Dutch royal family's extensive art collection has uncovered one painting that was likely looted during Nazi Germany's World War II occupation of the Netherlands.

The government announced Tuesday that of the tens of thousands of art works in the House of Orange's collection, only the Joris van der Haagen painting "The Hague Woods with a view of the Huis ten Bosch Palace" appeared to have been stolen by Nazi occupiers.

According to the investigation, Queen Juliana bought the painting from a Dutch art dealer in 1960 without knowing its provenance.

The government says the foundation that manages the royal art collection has made contact with the heirs of the original owner to discuss returning the painting. The report gave no further details, citing privacy issues.