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‘I am amazed’: 101-year-old Dutch woman reunited with painting looted by Nazis

By Dalya Alberge

12 Jun 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

A painting by a Dutch master has returned home at last.

At the age of 101, a Dutch woman has been reunited with a painting that had been looted from her father by the Nazis during the second world war, but she has decided to sell it through Sotheby’s in London so that her family can benefit from the proceeds.

Charlotte Bischoff van Heemskerck, a non-practising Baptist who joined the Dutch resistance, had never given up hope of finding the 1683 portrait of Steven Wolters by Caspar Netscher, a Dutch master whose paintings are in the National Gallery in London.

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