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Netherlands Returns Brueghel Oil to Heirs of Jewish Art Dealer

The Netherlands returned an oil painting by Jan Brueghel the Younger to the heirs of a Jewish art dealer persecuted by the Nazis and forced to flee Germany more than 70 years ago.

“Allegory of Life and Water” by Brueghel (1601-1678) shows two ladies reclining under a tree, the towers of a town visible in the distance. The work belonged to Max Stern, the owner of a Dusseldorf art gallery who was banned by the Nazis from exercising his profession in 1935, and until now it hung in the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch.