Decades Later, A Resolution Over Lost Art

AMSTERDAM — The work held pride of place in their own family room, the highlight of their art collection that was little but treasured.

One year after, Germany annexed the Grafs, as well as Austria as well as their dual 6-year old daughters, Eva and Erika, needed to flee the state. By the time they settled in Forest Hills, Queens, it was 1942, and the Nazis had looted each of their properties.

The prized painting became the focus of a 70-year recovery attempt by its own heirs and the Graf family — and one that’s now finishing on an ambivalent note. The painting’s worth has been estimated by the auction house at $650,000 to $905, 000.

This circuitous and debilitating history reveals looted artworks which have been for decades in private control are coming to market after settlement agreements in a sense that attempts to address their tainted past, with the rightful owners. These arrangements might not result in the return of the paintings to the heirs, but the compromise does supply some damages to the heirs and at least a kind of resolution, and brings the artworks out of concealment.

The heirs of the Grafs were unable to recoup the painting, “La Punta Della Dogana e San Giorgio Maggiore” (1739-40), as the deceased owner as well as the trust declined to return the work. The parties reached an arrangement that calls for sharing the profits of the Sotheby’s deal. No one would reveal details of the deal.

Stephen Tauber, a son in law of the Grafs, said in a telephone interview the resolution was “bittersweet.” Erika, his wife, perished at 79 in 2012; Eva, her sister, lives in a retirement community in Canton, Mass.

Our favorite solution would have been to get the painting back for my parents in law throughout the course of their life, or failing that, to their heirs,” he said. We brokered. It’s okay, although it’s not really satisfying. It was the greatest that we could reach. Ideally, it’d have been returned to our family in total. That wasn’t the potential, so we settled for what we could get.

A representative of the trust didn’t react to a request for an opinion.

After the Grafs needed to leave it behind like many paintings looted during the Second World War, “La Punta Della Dogana e San Giorgio Maggiore” went through several hands.

Mr. Speelman sold it a year after to the now-dead owner.

The Graf family was seeking for the painting since 1946 when a claim filed for the work in Austria. In 1998, both daughters, helped by the Art Loss Register, a database of stolen and lost artwork that also supplies search services, posted an ad on Art.com seeking advice.

Charles Beddington, at Christie’s an old masters painting merchant who’d worked as a specialist, recognized the art, which he’d seen in the residence of the owner some 15 years previously.

“But then I believed I’d better inquire Christie’s if it was O.K. to disclose the customer’s name, and they said no.”

The owner expired in 2013, Mr. Tauber said, and the painting came into the control of a trust. In 2015, the trust contacted Christopher Marinello. When discussions with the Graf heirs started, that is.

The painting isn’t widely regarded as an important work. An owner of the Richard Green Gallery in London, Jonathan Green, which specializes in old master paintings, said that Sotheby’s cost approximation for the July auction looks reasonable.

It ’s not the greatest Marieschi I but it’s a reasonable one he said. “The cost is appropriate, presuming it’s in good condition.” He put Marieschi “fourth in the pecking order of 18th-century Venetian view paintings,” after Guardi, Canaletto, and Bellotto.

The estate, as well as the Graf family, reached the restitution deal in December.

“Eventually after decades of the hearing relating to this painting, I was getting to see it with my very own eyes,” Andrew Tauber said. “Understanding that my grandparents, with whom I was quite close, adored this work so much, it was quite a mental encounter.”

NASA’s Juno Mission Delivers The First Scientific Results

The Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter since July 2016

“What we’ve learned so far is earth-shattering. Or should I say, Jupiter-shattering,” said Bolton, Juno’s principal investigator. “Discoveries about its core, composition, magnetosphere, and poles are as stunning as the photographs the mission is generating.”

The solar-powered spacecraft’s eight scientific instruments were created to study Jupiter’s interior arrangement, atmosphere, and magnetosphere. Two devices directed and developed by SwRI are working in concert to study Jupiter’s auroras, the best light show in the solar system. The Jovian Auroral Distributions Experiment (JADE) is a group of detectors finding the electrons and ions connected with Jupiter’s auroras. The Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVS) analyzes the auroras in UV light to study Jupiter’s upper atmosphere as well as the particles that collide with it. Jovian auroral procedures are proving perplexing, although scientists anticipated to find similarities to Earth’s auroras.

“Although many of the observations have terrestrial analogs, it appears that different processes are at work creating the auroras,” said SwRI’s Dr. Phil Valek, JADE instrument lead. “With JADE we’ve observed plasmas upwelling from the upper atmosphere to help populate Jupiter’s magnetosphere. However, the energetic particles associated with Jovian auroras are very different from those that power the most intense auroral emissions at Earth.”

Additionally astonishing, the signature bands in Jupiter vanish near its poles. Since the first observations of these zones and belts many decades in the past, scientists have wondered how much beneath the gas giant’s swirling façade these characteristics remain.

“Yet, there is a north south asymmetry. The depths of the groups are spread unequally,” Bolton said. “We have found a narrow ammonia-rich plume in the equator. It resembles a deeper, more extensive variation of the air currents that rise from The Planet’s equator and create the trade winds.”

Juno is mapping Jupiter’s gravitational and magnetic fields to get a measuremnet of the planet’s core and to better understand Earth ‘s interior arrangement. Scientists believe a dynamo — a rotating, convecting, electrically conducting fluid in the outer core in a planet — is the mechanism for creating the planetary magnetic fields.

“Juno’s gravitation field measurements differ significantly from that which we anticipated, which has consequences for the distribution of heavy elements in the inside, including the existence and mass of Jupiter’s center,” Bolton said. Nevertheless, the actual surprise was the striking spatial variation in the field, which was higher than anticipated in a few places, and noticeably lower in others. “We qualified the field to estimate the depth of the dynamo region, indicating that it might appear in a molecular hydrogen layer over the pressure-induced transition to the metallic state.”

These preliminary science results were published in two papers in a special edition of Science. Bolton is lead author of “Jupiter’s interior and deep atmosphere: The initial pole-to-pole passes with the Juno spacecraft.” SwRI’s Dr. Frederic Allegrini, Dr. Randy Gladstone, and Valek are co-authors of “Jupiter’s magnetosphere and aurorae observed by the Juno spacecraft during its first polar orbits”; lead author is Dr. John Connerney of the Space Research Corporation.

Juno is the next mission. The first was the SwRI-headed New Horizons mission, which is on its way to a brand-new target in the Kuiper Belt and supplied the first historical look at the Pluto system in July 2015. The spacecraft was assembled by Lockheed Martin of Denver. The Italian Space Agency given some of the radio science experiment along with an infrared spectrometer device.

Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Could Be Caused By Cellular Stress Within The Brain

Disruptions in a protein folding process happening in the brain, known as endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, independent of other variables. A research team at the George Washington University (GW) published their results in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight.

“Nearly 75 percent of obese adults experience non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, its underlying causes are unclear,” said Colin Young, Ph.D., senior author and assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Recent findings have pointed to ER stress as central to its development. What our research shows is that ER stress in the brain is a key contributor.”

As the primary site of cellular protein folding, the ER plays a critical role in maintaining cellular function. When there is nutritional excess, the protein load exceeds the ER folding capability and a collection of conserved signaling pathways, termed the unfolded protein response (UPR), are activated to preserve ER function. While valuable in the short-term, continual UPR activation, known as ER stress, is a leading pathological mechanism in metabolic disease, including obesity.

Young’s research team demonstrated that UPR activation in the brain, particularly in the forebrain, is causally linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Also known as hepatic steatosis, the research shows that brain ER pressure can cause the disease independent of changes in food consumption, body weight, and other factors.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease impairs normal liver function and is linked to other diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The following thing to do would be to discover the way it causes fat develop in the liver and how and why ER anxiety happens in the mind.

“Further research may give us another possible avenue for targeting fatty liver disease,” said Young. “The field has been focused on how we can improve the liver, for example, by developing drugs that target the liver. Our research suggests that we may also need to think about targeting the brain to treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.”

Sri Lanka Resident Preparing As More Rain Is Forecasted For The Near Future

Sri Lankans recovering from devastating floods are bracing themselves for more rain as emergency teams rush to deliver aid.

Floodwaters receded on Sunday but many villages were still inundated.

At least 151 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in the flooding and mudslides triggered by heavy rains on Friday.

Another 111 people are still missing, officials said. Military boats and helicopters are helping rescuers.

Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror newspaper said a second Indian naval ship, the INS Shardul, had arrived in Colombo with relief supplies and inflatable boats.

The INS Kirch arrived on Saturday.

Correspondents say rescue workers are using a break in the weather to deliver much-needed aid to the worst-hit areas.

The flooding is believed to be the worst since May 2003 when a similarly powerful monsoon from the southwest destroyed 10,000 homes and killed 250 people.

Most of the deaths in the latest floods were caused by landslides.

Eight People Reported Dead In Shooting Spree, Including Deputy

The shooting spree started using a national call at 2871 Lee Drive in Bogue Chitto around 11:30 p.m Saturday. Four bodies, the deputy as well as three females, were recovered there. Another crime scene was found at 1658 Coopertown Road in Brookhaven, the bodies of two juvenile males were found there. A third crime scene was found at 312 East Lincoln Road, a female and also a man was regained at that place.

The deputy that was dead was identified as 36-year old William Durr. Durr was a four-year veteran of the Brookhaven Police Department as well as a two-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Section.

Because the families must be notified, the identities of the other casualties haven’t been released.