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Old Master Stolen by Red Army Returns Home to Potsdam

A Baroque painting of the murdered John the Baptist that belonged to Frederick the Great of Prussia will return to Potsdam almost 70 years after a Red Army officer stole it from storage in a palace near Berlin.

The painting is a contemporaneous copy of the 1624-1625 original by Peter Paul Rubens, which shows the head of John the Baptist with the murderous Salome and a servant, according to the Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens. The U.S. ambassador to Germany, Philip D. Murphy, will hand it over in a return ceremony at Sanssouci palace in Potsdam on July 11.