Nazi cache was found in Germany
Masterpieces of painting hidden by the Nazis were discovered in Germany. Although the cache, where around one and a half thousand of paintings had been stored, was discovered two years ago, it hit the news only now thanks to the press.
The works of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagal and many others, including the painters of the 16th century, were among the found paintings. It is impossible to estimate the value of the collection; it is priceless.
"Some paintings are stained but not damaged. The works of the highest caliber represent enormous value. Many of them have not been know until today," said the art historian of Free University of Berlin Meike Hoffmann.
All the paintings were stored in the closet of 79-year-old Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father had been an art critic during the Third Reich. The policemen decided to search Gurlitt's apartment after the customs officials had found a substantial amount of cash with the man.
According to historians the Nazis could have considered the paintings a degenerative art and hid them on purpose.