Guercino painting stolen in Italy is found in Morocco
A Guercino painting that we reported was stolen in August 2014 from the Church of San Vincenzo in Modena, Italy, was recovered this week in Casablanca, Morocco, according AFP. At the time of the theft Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi said the work was worth €5-6 million, although the Art Newspaper reported the painting was “neither insured nor protected by alarm.”
According to Modena Today three people have been arrested; AFP offers these details about the painting’s recovery:
It was recovered thanks to a wealthy Moroccan businessman and art collector, who was offered it for some 940,000 euros ($1 million) by three dealers in Casablanca, according to the local Gazzetta di Modena.
The connoisseur recognized the painting immediately as a Guercino and tipped off the police.
“The Moroccan authorities contacted us through Interpol to say that a large canvas that could be linked to a theft in Italy had been recovered during an investigation,” the police said in a statement.
The police sent an urgent message back asking the Moroccans to “secure the canvas” so it could be returned “as soon as possible”.
None of the reporting indicates the painting’s condition nor an exact timeline for its repatriation to Italy.