Thursday, March 14, 2019

Italy Police Fool Thieves With Brueghel Masterpiece Copy

ARTDAILY
The painting was previously stolen by local criminals in 1979.
ROME (AFP).- Thieves in Italy were left red-faced on Thursday after it emerged that the Flemish masterpiece they stole from a rural church was in fact a copy swapped by police. "Currently the thieves are on the run," a policewoman in the northern village Castelnuovo Magra told AFP, confirming the theft of Pieter Brueghel the Younger's "Crucifixion". Or so thieves thought when they grabbed the 17th century painting, with an estimated value of three million euros, after smashing a display case in the Saint Mary Magdalen church in northern province La Spezia. [More]
Pieter Brueghel the Younger's "Crucifixion" is a tourism draw at the Santa Maria Maddalena church in Castelnuovo Magra, Italy. File Photo by Mongolo1984/Wikimedia