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This image provided via The National Gallery of Art shows Titian's "Danaë." The Italian Renaissance painting rarely seen in the United States will be displayed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington to mark the start of Italy?s presidency of the European Union. The museum announced June 18, 2014, that the paitning will be on view July 1 through Nov. 2. It was painted in 1544 to 1545 as a depiction of erotic mythologies.(AP Photo/The National Gallery of Art via Superintendency of Cultural Heritage for the City and the Museums of Naples and the Royal Palace of Caserta/Luciano Basagni, Fabio Speranza)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

The museum announced Wednesday that Titian's painting "Danae" will be on view July 1 through Nov. 2. It was painted in 1544 to 1545 as a depiction of erotic mythologies.

The "Danae" was looted by German troops for Nazi leader Hermann Goring during World War II and was found later in an Austrian salt mine. It was recovered by the U.S.-led "Monuments Men" in 1945 and was returned 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.



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