Poland’s Famed Renaissance Masterpiece, Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man; Found After Half a Century
August 2, 2012
Poland’s long-lost “Portrait of a Young Man,” missing for over half a century and widely considered to be the most important painting missing since World War II, has been discovered in a bank vault in an undisclosed location. A spokesman for the country’s Office for the Restitution of Cultural Goods, a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Polish media outlets that he is confident the painting will be returned to Poland. “Most importantly, the work was not lost in the turmoil of the war. It has not been burnt or destroyed. It exists. It is safely waiting in a region of the world where the law favors us.” He declined to reveal the country in which the painting was found.