Large Guercino Painting Stolen From Italian Church
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ORIGINAL STORY: A large scale 17th century painting in the Church of San Vincenzo in Modena, Italy was stolen sometime on or after Sunday, August 10, 2014, according to reports in The Art Tribune and Modena, Today. The Virgin and St. John the Evangelist and St. Gregory Wonderworker, completed in 1639 by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, also know as Guercino, had recently returned from the exhibition The Italian Courts: The House of Este at the Venaria Reale in Turin. Agence France Presse quotes Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi as saying the work was worth €5-6 million ($6.68 – 8.02 million), although the Art Newspaper reports the painting was “neither insured nor protected by alarm.” None of the reports indicated that police investigating the matter had any leads.