1570s Eleonora of Toledo attributed to Alessandro Allori (Gemäldegalerie - Berlin, Germany)


This work disappeared from the Gemäldgallerie in Berlin in 1944 and found its way to a BBC correspondent in Germany as related here from the Web site that is the source of this image:  "The painting was first noted as missing in 1944, and for the following 50 years, it was believed to be lost or destroyed. Instead, it was in the possession of Charles Wheeler, a distinguished Berlin correspondent of the BBC’s German Service. In the 1950s, Wheeler interacted with several listeners in the Soviet Occupation Zone, including a farmer from near Frankfurt an der Oder, who gave him the painting as a wedding gift. The farmer had received the painting from a Russian soldier in exchange for two sacks of potatoes to make vodka with. In 2005, it was by chance that Wheeler showed his beloved painting to Anne Webber and the team of The Commission for Looted Art in Europe during research for a BBC program about the loss of works of art during World War II. After thorough research carried out at German museums and archives, the provenance of the painting was established and the Gemäldegalerie recognized its long-lost painting.

Charles Wheeler immediately expressed the wish to return the painting to its rightful owner, and the painting was indeed returned to the Berlin Gemäldegalerie by the Commission for Looted Art and Charles Wheeler on May 31, 2006. It was the first work of art published in the Gemäldegalerie’s catalogue of war losses (1995) to be identified and returned to the Berlin museum. As Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, declared: 'The return of this painting today gives us hope that other lost paintings will be returned.’” At least it didn’t get out of Germany the way the Hesse jewels did.

From monumentsmenfoundation.org/join-the-hunt/significant-restitutions/allori-eleonora-of-toledo.

1570s Eleonora of Toledo attributed to Alessandro Allori (Gemäldegalerie - Berlin, Germany) From monumentsmenfoundation.org:join-the-hunt:significant-restitutions:allori-eleonora-of-toledo trimmed

Eleonore may be wearing a leather surcote with paned sleeves over a maroon silk dress in this Allori portrait.

Keywords:  Allori, straight coiffure, jeweled headdress, surcote, vee décolletage, high collar, elbow length paned over-sleeves, jeweled arm bands, puffed cloth ornaments, ruffled cuffs, girdle, vee waistline, over-skirt, chemise, ruffled collar, bodice, trapezoidal neckline, long close under-sleeves, cuffs, bateau neckline, close over-skirt

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