Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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The Lamentation

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The Lamentation

Artist/ Creator
Hans Memling
The Lamentation
Oil on panel
57 x 48 cm
2471 (OK)


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen


No information is available about when Jewish art dealer Arthur Goldschmidt acquired this painting or the previous owner.


In 1936, this painting was owned by Arthur Goldschmidt, a Jewish art dealer who had fled from Germany. His name is linked to Karl Haberstock and Hans Wendland, who bought and sold stolen art. Goldschmidt settled in Paris in 1936 at Place Vendôme with Paul Graupe, another German art dealer. When the Germans occupied Paris in 1940, their collection was impounded and Goldschmidt was imprisoned. Six months later he was released. He fled via Spain to Havana, Cuba, where he reestablished himself as an art dealer.

Reconstruction origin

? <> ?
J. Heath (collection), Liphook

P. Lambotte, Memling exhibition organised by Bruges municipality at Stedelijk Museum in Bruges, 22 June-1 October 1939, Bruges

1895 <> c. 1918
Richard von Kaufmann (collection), Charlottenburg / Berlin

Museum inventory; RKD Visual Documentation no. 300; S. Kuhrau, Kunstsammler im Kaiserreich: Kunst und Repräsentation in der Berliner Privatsammlerkultur, Kiel 2005

Arthur Goldschmidt (art dealer), Berlin / Paris

Museum inventory

1936 <>1958
D.G. van Beuningen (collection), Vierhouten

Museum inventory; RKD Visual Documentation no. 300

1958 <> present day
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum inventory; RKD Visual Documentation no. 300