Baltimore Museum of Art
The story began with one of those improbable tales of an artistic masterpiece uncovered at a flea market. It concluded Friday, the painting still a masterpiece but the story about the flea market all the more improbable.
A federal judge will hear arguments on whether a napkin-sized painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir should go to a Baltimore museum or a Virginia woman who says she bought it at a flea market for $7.
Lawyers for a Virginia woman trying to reclaim a Renoir painting seized by the FBI in an ownership dispute say a Baltimore museum’s claim to the painting can’t be authenticated in court.