A painting looted by the Nazis from a Jewish collector will continue to hang in a German museum after the German government and a private foundation paid the heirs of the former Jewish owner.
The German government announced Friday that $1.28 million had been transferred to an heir of Hans Hess in compensation for the painting, “The Judgment of Paris,” a 1913 work by the expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.
The Nazis stole the painting from the Hess collection, and it has been on display since 1979 at the Wilhelm-Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen.
The money came from the German federal and state governments and the Ernst von Siemens Foundation.
German culture state secretary Monika Gruetters said the agreement was “a great example of a public museum living up to its responsibilities for dealing with Nazi looted art,” according to Reuters.