Judge Rules For Norton Simon Museum To Keep Cranach Paintings

Detail of Lucas Cranach the Elder's Eve (circa 1530).  Image: Norton Simon Museum
Detail of Lucas Cranach the Elder's Eve (circa 1530). Image: Norton Simon Museum

A U.S. District Court judge ruled this week that Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum legally owns Lucas Cranach’s “Adam and Eve,” a pair of masterpieces painted around 1530, when he dismissed the claim by an heir to a former owner in a case that has dragged on for a decade.

Judge John Walter ruled the heir’s family and the firm that handled the family’s post-World War II affairs had invalidated their rights of ownership for failing to meet mandated deadlines for filing an ownership claim to the pictures.

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