• A US court said Spain could keep a priceless painting looted by the Nazis from its Jewish owner.
  • The decadeslong court battle has been watched closely as a landmark case in art restitution.
  • One of the judges said she agreed with the decision but it still went against her “moral compass.”

A priceless painting looted by the Nazis that ended up in a Spanish museum does not have to be returned to the family of its original Jewish owner, a trio of judges has ruled.

Tuesday’s court decision, in what is perhaps the highest-profile case of World War II art restitution, shocked the family and even prompted one of the judges to say it went against her “moral compass.”

In 1939, while attempting to flee Germany, the Jewish art collector Lilly Neubauer was forced by the Nazis to sell the impressionist Camille Pissarro’s painting “Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain.”