Significant Restitutions

1963 – Two Pollaiuolos found in Pasadena, California

In 1944, the two small panels by Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Hercules and Antaeus and Hercules and the Hydra, were taken by 362° German Infantry Division from the villa at Montagnana near Florence, where much of the Uffizi collection had been stored during the war. After 19 years, in 1963, the two paintings were found in the possession of a German waiter in Pasadena, California.

The Italian government sent a delegation headed by Minister Rodolfo Siviero, the art detective who spent his life discovering and recovering stolen Italian works of art, and Luisa Becherucci, then director of the Uffizi, to recover them. The panels were first exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for six days, then at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC for one week before they returned to the place they had been since 1789, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.