'Cranach' to be Returned to Liechtenstein Collection

April 19 2021

Image of 'Cranach' to be Returned to Liechtenstein Collection

Picture: The Art Newspaper

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper has reported on the latest development regarding the 'Cranach' caught up in the Ruffini forgery scandal. The Parisian court of appeal has ruled that the painting should be returned to the Prince of Liechtenstein on the grounds that the examinations on the work have taken place and there were no further grounds to keep it as evidence. The painting was seized in 2016 and the investigation officially closed in 2018. A 213-page report has suggested that the pigments were not consistent with Cranach's workshop and that artificial ageing had been employed.

The alleged mastermind of the forgery scandal, Ruffini, is still undergoing an investigation for fraud in Italy.

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