Two Stolen Paintings Back in their Parisian Church


5/12/11 - Heritage - Paris, Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Gare - In June 2005 we pointed out the theft of two 17th century Mexican paintings by Cristóbal de Villalpando (see the news item of 20/7/05 in French) from the church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Gare in the 13th arrondissement in Paris.


1. Cristóbal de Villalpando
The Adoration of the Magi
Oil on Canvas - 110 x 154 cm
Paris, église Notre-Dame-de-la-Gare
Photo : Ville de Paris - C.O.A.R.C.

2. Cristóbal de Villalpando
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on Canvas - 111 x 154 cm
Paris, église Notre-Dame-de-la-Gare
Photo : Ville de Paris - C.O.A.R.C


Thanks to one of the members of this parish, who reads The Art Tribune, we learned that the canvases have been returned to the church after being restored. The priest made the announcement last week during the service and a statement was issued today explaining that "after a long police investigation [these works were recovered] in 2008 in a cellar."
Obviously, although it concerns our heritage, this information does not appear to be important enough for the media and has not been announced, as usual by the City of Paris.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 5 décembre 2011



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