Los Angeles museum gains painting, could lose seal

November 26, 2013 • Entertainment

This undated photo released by Los Angeles County Museum of Art shows a Korean royal seal on display which has been part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collection since 2000. South Korean government officials want the United States to investigate the circumstances surrounding a 16th century Korean royal seal that they believe was stolen out of a shrine in Seoul before being acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has welcomed the donation of a Baroque-era painting that was stolen in Italy by Nazis during World War II, but it could be losing a royal seal that may have been taken from a shrine in Seoul as the Korean War wound down.

The painting looted by the Nazis in 1944 was installed Monday at the museum’s galleries for European art after it was returned to its owner last week and promptly donated.

The life-size figure of St. Catherine of Alexandria— painted in Italy around 1615 by Bernardo Strozzi — is a promised gift to the museum by Philippa Calnan, the Login to read more

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