NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On the eve of a movie release about an eerily similar subject, U.S. officials returned a painting stolen by Nazis during World War II to Poland on Thursday.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, the Johann Conrad Seekatz painting — titled “St. Philip Baptizing A Servant Of Queen Kandaki” — was looted from the Polish National Museum in Warsaw in 1938.
In 2006, the Polish government learned that the art, erroneously labeled with another title, was sold by a New York auction house to a London art gallery. Polish officials contacted United States authorities, who began the process of authenticating the painting.