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However, it is not reasonable to continuously monitor the content of linked sites without specific evidence of an infringement. If we become aware of infringements, we will remove any such links immediately. The German Lost Art Foundation asks users of this website to notify it of any illegal or inaccurate content provided by third parties to which there is a link on this website.

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The German Lost Art Foundation makes every effort to identify third-party content as such. In the event that the user of the website notices a violation of copyright despite the careful work of the Foundation, the Foundation asks the user to inform it of this violation so that this content may be removed immediately or the copyright status established.

Picture credits

The image material on this website is protected by copyright. Copyright details are given for each image.  The rights of the individual images below belong to the institutions or persons named:


Home page: Mood image header

  • "Inventarbuch Kunsthalle Mannheim": © Kunsthalle Mannheim, Foto Cem Yücetas

Home page: Tiled images of the entities

Home page: Insights into selected research projects

  • "Blick in die Inventarbücher der Städtischen Sammlung Würzburg": © Museum im Kulturspeicher, Foto: Tom Haasner
  • "Inventarbuch Stadtmuseum Oldenburg": Foto: Stadtmuseum Oldenburg
  • "Altakten und Inventarverzeichnisse, Altaktenarchiv Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg": © Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, Foto: Marcus Kenzler

Moodbild "About Proveana"

  • "Rückseitendokumentation Kunsthalle Mannheim": ©Kunsthalle Mannheim, Foto Cem Yücetas

Moodbild "Help for Proveana"

  • "Inventarbuch Kunsthalle Mannheim": © Kunsthalle Mannheim, Foto Cem Yücetas

Picture example "Leichte Sprache"

  • Ferdinand von Lütgendorff-Leinburg: Dame vor dem Spiegel (Frau von Muhr), 1834, © Museum im Kulturspeicher, Foto: Elmar Hahn Studios
  • Screenshots website Proveana

Information on Creative Commons licenses is available here.

Documentation in the Lost Art Database

Where an individual object or a collection is documented in the Lost Art Database, the conclusion should not be drawn that it actually is a cultural asset seized through Nazi persecution, or removed or lost as a result of events during the Second World War. Documentation has no bearing on the right of ownership, the power of disposal or the existence of other legal entitlements, neither in favor of nor to the detriment of the respective reporting party or a third party. Registration in the Lost Art Database does not replace any legal assertion that may be made by the entitled institution or person, or other measures for securing rights.