US Expects Return of Baroque Painting Shortly

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh says she expects a nearly 500-year old Italian painting to be returned to a Jewish family within the next couple of weeks.

A federal judge on Monday filed an order to return a Baroque painting to the heirs of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe. He died in 1940 shortly before the Nazis occupied France. The Vichy government later sold the painting but his family says the sale was illegal.

U.S. authorities seized the painting from a Florida museum last
November. It was part of an exhibit that came from a Milan museum.

Marsh says she's not sure if the family -- some of whom live in
England -- would retrieve the painting from the U.S. or if the federal government would ship it abroad.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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