By The Thornical Press Staff
September 15, 2022
WARSAW – It was announced that Poland will formally request Russia to return seven works of art now residing in a Moscow art museum. Poland claims the seven paintings were looted by the Soviet military during the Second World War.
Polish Minister of Culture Piotr Glinski revealed that previous requests for the historic art treasures have been ignored by Russian officials. Russian archives also hold Polish works of art, including the work Durer and Holbein.
“Until this day the Russian government has not reviewed any of the claims,” Glinski said in a press conference.
The seven paintings in question are currently being held at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. These works includes the “Two Saints” by 14th century artist Spinello Aretino and the “Adoration of the Child” by 15th century artist Lorenzo de Credi. It has been established that before the war, these paintings were owned by the Czartoryski family.
Glinski pointed out that hundreds of thousands of items are still in the former Soviet Union and retrieving them has been further hampered by the war in Ukraine. Glinski also said that of all the Polish cultural items returned from other nations, Russia has returned nothing. Yet, Glinski vowed that Poland will never give up the quest for the return of cultural items stolen by the Soviets.