Batthyánys to get back Brueghel

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Wikimedia Commons / Google Cultural Institute

A painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder must be transferred from the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest to Veronika Batthyány-Strattmann and Ádám Batthyány given that the stateʼs ownership of the work cannot be “proven without a doubt”, according to a decision made by the head of the Prime Ministerʼs Office, János Lázár, released yesterday.

The Sermon of Saint John the Baptist by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Google Cultural Institute)

Before the transfer, the claimants must show they are the legal heirs of the work, according to the decision.

Batthyány-Strattman and Batthyány submitted their claim for the painting, “The Sermon of Saint John the Baptist”, last August.

The decision notes that the ownership of the painting must still be validated by a court.

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