Monday, September 29, 2008

Renoir Recovered

From this morning's New York Times: "Italian police have recovered a Renoir painting that was stolen from a private collection 33 years ago .... Following a tip from an art critic, Vittorio Sgarbi, who was enlisted to evaluate the work by a gallery owner ..., the police arrested the gallery owner and two other suspects. The oil painting ..., which is valued at $730,000, was stolen from a family in Milan in 1975. It was recovered along with a forgery of a Manet work, which Mr. Sgarbi had also been asked to appraise."