Stolen by the National Socialists during the Second World War, Jan van Huysum’s painting “Vaso di Fiori” is now being returned to Italy. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is bringing it to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence today.
The architectural heritage of the Middle Ages requires constant conservation work or restoration in the event of a disaster. For centuries, construction workshops (known as “Bauhütten”) have preserved the traditional craft techniques for this as well as knowledge handed down and customs and rituals.
A conference and exhibition at the Federal Foreign Office highlight the challenges facing and ways of protecting endangered cultural heritage.
An ancient clay head goes home to Mexico.