U.S. RECOVERS FOURTEENTH-CENTURY RELIGIOUS ARTWORK STOLEN FROM PRIVATE ITALIAN VILLA

24 May 2011 8:01 AM | Anonymous

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2011
 


PRESS RELEASE

 


U.S. RECOVERS FOURTEENTH-CENTURY RELIGIOUS ARTWORK STOLEN FROM PRIVATE ITALIAN VILLA

 

Settlement Agreement With Speed Art Museum In Kentucky Will Return Triptych To Italy

 

The United States entered into a settlement agreement with the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, that provides for a rare panel painting to be sent to Italian officials, who will return the piece to the estate of its rightful owner. The three-panel wooden triptych, which was created in the fourteenth century and depicts the Virgin Mary with Child, was stolen from a private Italian villa in 1971.

The settlement was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in New York.

The triptych was stolen from the Villa La Giraffa in Goito, Italy, on October 2, 1971. According to Italian police reports, burglars entered the villa in the early morning hours by cutting through metal bars and a glass window on the first floor of the residence. Fourteen pieces of art, worth $33 million at the time, were stolen, including original oil paintings by the Italian realist painters Giovanni Fattori and Silvestro Lega, and three still-life paintings by artists from the Venetian School.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nye/pr/pressrel_2011.html

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