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Painting Rescued From Nazis Comes to D.C. to Celebrate Italy's E.U. Presidency

Titian Painting will be Displayed in National Gallery of Art Beginning in July

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    An Italian Renaissance painting rarely seen in the U.S. will be displayed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington to mark the start of Italy's presidency of the European Union.

    An Italian Renaissance painting recovered from Nazi Germany will be on display at the National Gallery of Art starting July 1.

    The museum announced Wednesday that Titian's painting "Danae" will be on view through Nov. 2 to mark the start of Italy's presidency of the European Union.

    "Danae," painted by the artist famous for his use of "Titian" red, was completed in 1545. The piece is a depiction of erotic mythologies.

    Titian's masterpiece was looted by German troops for the Nazi leader Hermann Goring during World War II and was later found in an Austrian salt mine.

    The U.S.-led "Monuments Men," subjects of a 2014 blockbuster starring George Clooney, recovered the work in 1945 and returned it to the Italian government two years later.

    The National Gallery has a significant collection of works by Titian, including 13 paintings.

    The "Danae'' was first exhibited in Washington in 1990.