Lost Art Database

The Lost Art Database documents cultural property expropriated as a result of Nazi persecution, especially from Jewish owners, between 1933 and 1945 (“Nazi-looted art”), or for which such a loss cannot be ruled out. With the help of the publication of so-called Search Requests and Found-Object Reports, former owners or their heirs are to be brought together with current owners and thus support all stakeholders in finding a just and fair solution.

The Lost Art Database also contains reports on cultural property that was removed as a result of the Second World War ("wartime losses"). Their publication is intended to support solutions in accordance with international law. The Lost Art Database is accessible worldwide free of charge. 


The map only shows reports from institutions!

The Lost Art Database offers public and private institutions as well as individuals the opportunity to publish Search Requests and Found-Object Reports in the context of “Nazi-looted art” or ”wartime losses”. The content of the respective requests and reports is based exclusively on information provided by third parties.




Inventory cards, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg

The Proveana research database provides in particular the results of research projects funded by the German Lost Art Foundation and maps contextual information on actors, events, collections and archival material. The content of the Lost Art Database is also listed when searching in Proveana. The data of the former Lost Art "Provenance Research module” will be accessible via Proveana.