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Ukraine recovers paintings stolen from Verona museum

From various newspapers, 11 May 2016

The paintings by Rubens, Tintoretto and others that were stolen from the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona last year have been found in Ukraine, Italy’s culture minister said Wednesday.

The recovery of the seventeen paintings follows the arrest in March of twelve suspected members or accomplices of a Moldovan gang which the Italian authorities believe carried out the heist in November 2015.

The retrieved paintings include Portrait of a Lady by Rubens and a male portrait by Tintoretto, as well as works by Pisanello, Bellini, and Hans de Jode. The Conversion of Saul by Guilio Licinio was damaged during the robbery but has since been successfully restored.

Recovery of Dutch seventeenth-century paintings

Only last month, Ukrainian security services recovered four of the Dutch paintings that were stolen from the Westfries Museum in Hoorn. The four paintings are among the most important works that were stolen in 2005. However, twenty paintings and 70 pieces of silverware are still missing.

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