I'm neither a history buff not an artist, so I apologise in advance for my poor descriptions.
I have recently come into possession of a painting depicting some naval ships, perhaps 19th century, sailing towards a coastal settlement.
My late grandfather, through whom the painting came into our family, was a member of the German Luftwaffe, stationed in Bavaria and Italy for most of the war, until his capture in 1943. I suspect he would have acquired the painting before then, but I can't really be sure. I believe the painting was gifted to him some time in the 1930s-1940s, and since this occured during or near to a time of war, I have to consider the possibility that it may at some point have been war loot.
I would like to be able to;
- Identify the scene being depicted
- Identify its painter, and
- Identify or guess at its origins, and return it to the decedents of its previous owners if it came into our family by unethical means.
The painting is inside a 100x70cm frame. I can't make out the signature, but have taken a photo of it:
The first word might be Rudi or Rud, but I can't identify the surname. After the name is a number that looks like XXII.
Can anyone identify this painting, or the scene or artist?