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Controversy over a 473-year-old painting

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WFLX) - -

A Tallahassee museum, that sits in the shadow of the State Capitol, is the home to international intrigue.

The controversy is over a 473-year old painting believed to have been looted by Nazi soldiers from an Italian family during World War II. The museum's curator has been ordered by the U.S. Attorney not to return the painting, titled 'Christ carrying the cross dragged by a rogue' - until its ownership can be verified.

"The family was an Italian family of Jewish faith, and they fled persecution in Italy to France and ultimately it caught up with them there," Chucha Barber of the Brogan Museum said.

The painting was one of 50 loaned to the Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science by a Milan museum.

The Tallahassee museum has permission to display the painting until at least November.

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