FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes: #3 Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence

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The Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence is believed to be painted in 1609. While it’s date of origin is disputable, it’s creator is not. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was on the run for his life after murdering a man over a debt. This is believed to be one of is last paintings and is highly valuable.

In October 1969, two thieves entered the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Italy and removed the Caravaggio Nativity from its frame. Experts estimate its value at $20 million.

Two thieves entered the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo in October 1969 and cut the $20 million painting from it’s frame. Although there are plenty of rumors of Mafia involvement, the case remains unsolved and the priceless piece of Baroque art is still missing. A replica hangs in the Oratory where the original once stood.

If you have any tips relating to this 48-year-old cold case please call

1-800-CALLFBI

 

Photo credits:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/nativity-with-san-lorenzo-and-san-francesco

 

 

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Synova Cantrell is a true crime writer, fiction writer, and children’s book author. As a freelance journalist, her works could be seen online at ehow.com, livestrong.com/lifestyle, hubpages.com, and amykitchenerfdn.org and in five regional publications. Deeply concerned with illiteracy in America’s youth, Synova took her children’s book The Sleepy Little Sun and spoke in schools state-wide about the importance of reading. As a motivational speaker, Synova has encouraged fellow writers at local conferences, presided over a local writers’ guild, and spoke at writing workshops. For more information of her many projects log on to www.synovaink.com

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