Foreign ministry presents returned art treasures

“Poland lost over 500,000 works of art during the Second World War,” said ministry spokesman Michal Safianik at a press conference in Warsaw.

Of these, around 600 important works have been recovered in recent years.

The ten works picked by the ministry are all accessible at Polish museums and cultural institutions over the forthcoming long weekend, which begins Thursday, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The most precious of all the highlighted ten works is Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Madonna under the Firs, which can be seen at the Archdiocesan Museum in Wroclaw, south west Poland.

A further restitution success was achieved with the recovery of Orszak (pictured), a 1908 painting by Witold Wojtkiewicz, whose style foreshadowed Polish Expressionism. The painting is on view at the National Museum in Warsaw.

Other works include a Madonna and Child by an unidentified artist, currently housed at the

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