The Easel

Reunited in Moscow, Cranach paintings tell tale of Soviet-looted art

Works by the important German Renaissance artist Cranach the Elder were taken by the Russians in WWII. Ownership is still being disputed. Russian and German museums have sidestepped the issue to allow the first display of many works since 1945. And ownership? -“We Germans have to learn to understand the moral approach. These works came to Russia as compensation for all of the Russian art treasures which had been destroyed”