Following up on the report of the Rome heist recovery, here’s a article from that fount of art history knowledge- the Telegraph.
The paintings include Portrait of a Knight by Van Dyck, Christ on the Cross by Rubens and The Baptism of Christ by Nicolas Poussin, a 17th century French artist who spent most of his working life in Rome.
Lesser known works include an exquisite painting of the Madonna and Child by the 13th century artist Berlinghiero Berlinghieri, who came from Lucca in Tuscany, and a work by a student of Caravaggio.
Two of the masterpieces may have been painted by Rubens and El Greco, although the attributions are yet to be confirmed.
"Rarely does one recover such a large quantity of works of such artistic importance," said Rossella Vodret, an expert from the ministry of culture.
Five other art works, which were stolen at the same time, are still unaccounted “
In what universe were such badly executed and conceived canvases painted by Rubens and his student Van Dyck? I’m starting to wonder if the press have mis-represented or mis-quoted Vodret- time will tell..
If anybody has come across a list of the 37 works, then I’d be interested to see it. Most of all I’d love to see a copy of the auction catalogue in which these paintings appeared as Poussin et al.