The Duke of Hernani's family has filed a long-standing lawsuit against the Spanish Royal family for theft and fraud, lodged with the Court of First Instance no. 46 in Madrid, Initial Proceedings 6049/95..
Members of the Hernani family claim that the private fortune of the Spanish Royal Family has partly been based on the fraudulent acquisition of the Duke of Hernani's collection of art and painting valued at more than 1,000 million euros, which includes works by Titian, Carpaccio, Goya, Van Dyck, Teniers and other great masters.
Rubens Peter Paul
"Samson and the lion"
222 x 260 cm.
Young girl with fruit and dov
136 x 97 cm.
They claim that the Royal family has sold many of these pictures belonging to the Spanish Historical Heritage, to foreign museums, in order to accumulate capital outside Spain. They also accused the Department of Fine Arts as well as the Ministry of Finance and Revenue of having taken part in the operation. Still, this case appears to be a completely censored matter in Spain.
The Duke of Hernani family has set up an Internet site (www. roboreal.com) listing a number of the works allegedly stolen by the Spanish Royal family, which partly runs as follows:
1) Goya Francisco, “Nun's Head”, on canvas, 40 x 32 cm.
Trinidad Inventory no° 76. At present in a private collection in England. Sold via a certain Manuel González López acting as figurehead.