Judge sides with Detroit Institute of Arts; Van Gogh painting can't be seized
Visitors file past at the Van Gogh painting "Liseuse De Romans"– also known as "The Novel Reader"– during the Van Gogh in America exhibit at the Detroit institute of Arts, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. - Andy Morrison/The Detroit News/TNS

DETROIT — A Detroit federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit to seize an allegedly stolen painting by Vincent van Gogh from the Detroit Institute of Arts and give the artwork to its purported owner in Brazil. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh ruled that the DIA did not have to hand over "Liseuse De Romans," also known as "The Novel Reader" or "The Reading Lady," which it is temporarily displaying in an exhibition that ends Sunday. The judge ruled that the artwork is protected by a federal law granting immunity to foreign artwork on display in the United States. "The Painting is immune ...