A fake from the collection of Reichsmarschall Goering automatic translate
No, it’s not about the artist Herman Gering. The chief of the German Luftwaffe was not a painter and did not aspire to this, unlike Adolf Hitler, who tried to become an artist in his youth. Goering possessed a personal museum of works of art that were presented to him with gifts from the whole war-ravaged Europe. Picturesque canvases with a world name, sculptures, numismatic collections, ancient weapons and other masterpieces hung, stood, lay, were stored in his luxurious mansion in Berchtesgaden. However, he bought some art objects, because he possessed astronomical amounts in different currencies, precious metals and jewelry.
So, in 1943, the Dutch banker Niedl, being an agent of Henry Goering and for his money, bought a picture of Christ and a Sinner from the Amsterdam antique company Goodsticker by the work of 17th century master Vermeer Jan Delftsky. The seller received cash one million 700 thousand guilders, which represented a huge fortune at the time. Of this amount, taking into account commission fees, one million gulden was earned by the former owner of the painting, Han van Meegeren, owner of hotels, hotels and entertainment clubs in the capital of the Netherlands, an artist of the early twentieth century.
Authenticity of the sold painting witnessed Leitviler the best Dutch specialist of art history, and after a while - and venerable restorer van Bahhemen. These specialists knew everything about the works of the artists of their country, or almost everything. And who could have been deceived, let alone deceived, a Nazi leader with unlimited power and stern disposition.
"Christ and the Sinner" occupied one of the best places on the wall of the Goering mansion. On Christmas, Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann and other high-ranking figures of Nazi Germany visited his "special museum". In the surviving book of the guests there is a recording of the German Fuhrer, which shows that he, "as an artist", is delighted with the collection of works of art of the owner of the house and considers it the property of the entire Third Reich.
However, in April 1944, to the ears of Heinrich Goering, rumors reached that the great art critic Abraham Bredius, an authoritative expert and admirer of Dutch artists, the "discoverer" of Jan Vermeer, doubted the authenticity of several paintings by this painter. Including in the picture that was kept by the Nazi boss. Such statements of the scientist were perceived by some as the quirks of an already old man. After all, he himself authoritatively claimed in the 30s that all the known countries of the country Vermeer’s work are real, and here on the slope of his years he recognizes five of them as counterfeit. No one seriously took this "fly in the ointment" in the "barrel of honey". In addition, as it turned out, Goering. He equipped a group of Luftwaffe officers to bring to Germany sellers of his painting by Meegeren, Gudstikker’s antiquary, art critic Bredius, experts of Leithwyler and Bahhemen. But it was already late, the fascist divisions on all fronts, both from the east and the west, were crowded by Soviet troops and allied armies. Heinrich Goering began to urgently evacuate the museum’s artistic values. Fearing air raids, Reichsmarschal reliably hid his property in railway cars in the mountain tunnels of southern Bavaria.
After the war, almost all of Goering’s values, with the exception of some, were discovered. The Dutch authorities established which of its citizens was a collaborator during the war years with fascist invaders. Among them was a millionaire, and in combination artist Meegeren, who sold the picture to the Nazi criminal Goering. Postwar laws for cooperation with the fascists required only the death penalty for the accused. To escape responsibility and save his life Meegeren at the investigation admitted that he had falsified the picture "Christ and the Sinner" and sold it to Goering. In addition to this painting, he forged four more paintings by Jan Vermeer and several paintings by Peter de Hoch, painters of the XVII century. All these works are also sold and are in private collections and museums of the country. The further proceedings and the expert examinations fully confirmed the words of the forger. He was saved by life, accusing of fraud, but six months after the exposure Meegeren in prison suddenly died.
And his counterfeit picture "Christ and the Sinner", once owned by Henry Goring and having such an unusual story, is now being valued in considerable money.