Christie's Restitution

Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712-1793)
The Grand Canal, Venice, with the Palazzo Bembo
Christie's London, June 2005

Christie’s and the Art Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) hosted the first symposium of its kind in Italy on Holocaust Art Looting and Restitution. The symposium took place at Palazzo Turati in Milan, Italy on June 23, 2011 and was attended by leaders of the restitution community as well as government officials, scholars, collectors and other interested parties.

There were comprehensive and enlightened discussions about Nazi-era looted art. The presentations covered ethical and philosophical issues as well as more practical matters involving such works and their place in the art market. Renowned European and American scholars and legal experts were present, including:

Ilaria Pavan of Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Download Lecture)
Andrea Pizzi of Studio Legale Pizzi, Bologna
Captain Andrea Ilari of Nucleo Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale di Monza
Agnes Peresztegi of the Commission for Art Recovery, Europe
Professor Tullio Scovazzi of the University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan (Download Lecture)
Charles A. Goldstein, Counsel to Commission for Art Recovery, New York (Download Lecture)
Lawrence M. Kaye, Co-chair of the International Art Law Group at Herrick, Feinstein LLP (Download Lecture)
Howard N. Spiegler of Herrick, Feinstein and President of the Art Law Commission of the UIA (Download Lecture)
Professor Norman Palmer, QC (Hon), CBE, FSA
Konstantin Akinsha (Budapest/Bologna), Art Historian, Author, Contributing Editor of ArtNews
Claudia von Selle (Berlin/Paris), Vice President of UIA Art Law Commission
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands - Department of Victims and Remembrance WWII (Download Lecture)
Monica S. Dugot, International Director of Restitution, Christie’s (Download Lecture)

Naomi Davies
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