Lawsuit over Klimt Painting Heads for Supreme Court

This week, ABC News reports, the Supreme Court will decide whether Maria Altmann, an American woman living in Los Angeles, has the right to bring a lawsuit in a US court seeking the return of Gustav Klimt's painting Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, 1907, which was taken from Altmann's aunt by the Nazis in the late 1930s and is now in a federal museum in Austria. Altmann's lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg, said his client's case is simple: “It's art work that was looted by the Nazis, and US law states that it must be given back.” But an attorney for Austria said Altmann's aunt clearly intended for the Austrian Gallery to have the paintings and that any conflict should be settled in that country's courts.