Moroccan authorities recently recovered a stolen baroque masterpiece — worth an estimated $6 million — by the Italian artist known as “The Squinter.” What’s the buzz?
Moroccan authorities announced last Friday their recovery of a beautiful baroque painting that had been stolen from a church during a nighttime robbery in 2014. Police were tipped when a wealthy Moroccan businessman and art collector was offered the opportunity to purchase the painting. An adroit student of art, the collector immediately recognized the stolen work and alerted authorities, who promptly seized the painting and arrested the two who possessed it.
The painting is a brilliant image of “Madonna with Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory the Miracle Worker” by 17th-century painter Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino and “The Squinter.” Stolen from a church in Modena in 2014, the painting has been valued at $6 million.
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