Press release from Ministry of Culture

Government decision concerning transfer of artwork to Poland


The Government has today decided to allow Nationalmuseum to transfer the painting The Lamentation of Christ by the School of Lucas Cranach the Elder (inventory number NM 6344) to Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu (National Museum in Wrocław) in Poland.

The Polish Ministry of Culture has requested that the painting be returned to Poland. Based on this request and the findings of its investigation, Nationalmuseum’s recommendation to the Government is that the painting be transferred to Poland.

Following its investigation, Nationalmuseum determined that the painting is unusable for the museum. According to Chapter 8, Section 6 of the Budget Act (2011:203), the Government may decide to transfer movable  property if the property is no longer needed for central government activities or has become unusable, or if it has not been acquired with state funds.

In light of what has emerged in this matter, the Government consents to the transfer of the painting to the National Museum in Wrocław.   

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