The devassa of the Prado Museum in search of looted works in its collection

One of Spain’s most important cultural institutions, the Prado Museum is investigating its collection to identify works of art seized during the Spanish Civil War, which raged from 1936 to 1939. In a statement shared on the website on Tuesday, the 20th, the museum listed 25 suspicious pieces, placed in the institution’s possession during the regime of dictator Francisco Franco.

The Prado list does not include the institution’s most famous pieces, such as The girlsby Diego Velázquez and Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch, but includes paintings by Jan Brueghel the Younger, François Boucher and Joaquín Sorolla. The institution, however, guarantees that the list may increase as investigations progress.

In a statement to the specialized website Art News, Prado said that the research is important to help clarify doubts about the history and context of the works before they reach the collection. The museum also revealed that the search “may result in the works being returned to their rightful owners.”

During the Spanish Civil War, as well as throughout the Nazi regime, several works of art were stolen, and some of their owners are still trying to recover them. Earlier this year, a family managed to track down and recover two paintings that had been taken from their ancestors 85 years earlier.

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