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The Prado Museum, one of Spain’s largest art institutions, said it will investigate its holdings to find works that may have been confiscated during the Spanish Civil War and deposited there.

On Tuesday, the Madrid Museum released a list of 25 works it identified as likely to have been placed with the institution under the regime of dictator Francisco Franco, which lasted until his death in 1975.

The list is available On the Prado website. The museum said three works were missing from the site, because the artworks were in too poor condition to be entered properly.

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The museum warned that the list may not be complete yet and that the number of confiscated works in its collection “could increase”. To lead an initiative aimed at finding other works that might belong on that list, the museum appointed Arturo Colorado Castellari, an expert on the Spanish Civil War.

During the Spanish Civil War, which lasted from 1936 to 1939, many artworks were stolen and, in some cases, their original owners are still trying to get them back. Earlier this year, for example, a Spanish family was able to track down and Take back two plates Which was taken from its ancestors 85 years ago.

The 25 works identified by Prado are not of the same quality as some of the masterpieces in its collection, which includes pieces such as Diego Velazquez. Las Meninas (1658) and Hieronymus Bosch Garden of earthly delights (1503-15). However, Prado said the project is important because it can “clarify any doubts that may exist regarding the history and context of the works before they are assigned to Prado collections.”

She also said the project could “result in returning the business to its rightful owners”.

Among the artworks that Prado included are paintings by Jean Brueghel the Younger, François Boucher, and Joaquin Sorolla.

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