ITALY: Art held hostage – new online bulletin of stolen works of art

The origins of Italy’s Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale go back to the late 1960ies. Since years it publishes a periodic bulletin that has proven to be a valuable tool towards raising awareness and working to combat illicit trafficking and the theft of works of art. The recent 38th bulletin includes descriptions and images of the main works of art stolen in Italy during the past year which have not yet been recovered. It indicates the following information of the objects:
  • the artist or school (such as “attributed to” or “workshop of”);
  • title or subject of the work;
  • material and technique;
  • size;
  • images (if possible);
  • the reference number of the database of the Carabinieri TPC.
This year’s bulletin highlights a total of 99 stolen works of art.  It also lists an additional 40 objects that have been recovered during the last year from bulletins 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 35 and 37, such as the the Castellani jewellry collection (stolen from the Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome), or the marble head of Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus (stolen from Hadrian’s Villa, and recovered in the Netherlands). The marble head, along with other objects recovered by the Carabinieri TPC, were recently on display at Paris at a special exhibition at the UNESCO, right ahead the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention on the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property.

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