Saturday, March 10, 2012

Italian police recover 37 stolen masterpieces

Italian police have recovered a collection of 37 masterpieces which were stolen more than 40 years ago, including a painting by Van Dyck and others attributed to Rubens and El Greco.
The oil paintings, worth an estimated £6 million (7.5 million euros), were stolen in 1971 from the house of a wealthy businessman in Rome but rediscovered when police recently raided two homes in the capital owned by a 50-year-old woman.
The paintings include Portrait of a Knight by Van Dyck, Christ on the Cross by Rubens and The Baptism of Christ by Nicolas Poussin, a 17th century French artist who spent most of his working life in Rome.

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