The painting of Santa Caterina da Siena returns to Palermo. The work, of great artistic and religious value, was stolen in 2004 by the Opera Pia Pignatelli Gulì Institute in Palermo. After 17 years it was found thanks to investigations launched after a theft report presented by a Neapolitan antique dealer.
The carabinieri for the protection of cultural heritage have ascertained that the complaint was, in reality, a system to regain possession of the goods that he himself had previously put on the market.
The work was identified thanks to the comparison of the images with those contained in the “Data bank of illegally stolen cultural assets”, managed by the Protection of Cultural Heritage command.
The work will be returned this afternoon, at 16:30 in the seat of the Diocese of Palermo, by the commander of the Nucleo for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Naples, Major Giampaolo Brasili, to the Director of the Office for Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage of Palermo, Don Giuseppe Bucaro.
The military has also confiscated many goods from 12 different thefts, which took place in private homes and places of worship throughout Italy. During the investigations, 4000 archaeological finds including vases and coins were also seized.
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