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Diptych from the Workshop of Dieric Bouts Returned to Poland from Spain

Two paintings stolen during World War II have been returned to Poland. The Art Newspaper reports that Mater Dolorosa and Ecce Homo, a diptych from the studio of Flemish master Dieric Bouts, were transferred from the Museo Provincial de Pontevedra in northwestern Spain to Gołuchów Castle, a branch of the National Museum in Poznań, in western Poland.

Workshop of Dieric Bouts (ca. 1420-1475), Mater Dolorosa and Ecce Homo, ca. 1470-75, National Museum, Poznań

The two panels originally came into Polish possession in 1883 and were purchased by Izabella Działyńska, a member of the noble Czartoryski family. According to the Polish Ministry of Culture, the returned works were most likely stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. In 2019, employees of the Department for the Restitution of Cultural Property identified the two works in the collection of the Museum of Pontevedra.