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Il colpo della Pieve - Citta della Spezia :: Cultura e Spettacolo - La Spezia
http://www.cittadellaspezia.com/La-Spezia/Cultura-e-Spettacolo/Il-colpo-della-Pieve-92437.aspx

September 4, 2011

La Spezia. Questo è un poliziesco e la prima scena è quella del
delitto. Dunque è notte, piove e fa freddo. Suona come un cliché vero?
Ma il fatto è che nella notte tra il 28 febbraio e il 1 marzo 1974
alla Spezia piove e fa freddo veramente e d'altra parte non ci vuole
un grande sforzo per immaginarsi una nottata di fine inverno gelida e
umida sul golfo. Il quartiere della Pieve dorme, anche se ancora per
almeno vent'anni la linea ferroviaria marittima passerà sotto il naso
dei suoi abitanti con un viavai di ferro ruotato giorno e notte. Un
quartiere recente, soprattutto di edilizia popolare, che cola
blandamente dalla collina, ma i palazzi residenziali sono stretti tra
due gioielli del passato antico. In alto c'è la villa settecentesca
dei marchesi Da Passano che almeno dal '400 possedevano tutto quello
che da là in alto si riesce a vedere fino al mare. In basso c'è la
Pieve di San Venerio che è immutata da un migliaio di anni e che prima
era la terra di un colono romano, arrivato insieme a tanti altri a
costruire la città di Luni, e che ancora prima era un villaggio ligure
che commerciava ceramica e chissà cos'altro con gli Etruschi.
Attaccato alla chiesa c'è un camposanto altrettanto antico e dentro ci
sono due individui che hanno appena scavalcato il muro e si guardano
attorno in un silenzio eccessivo persino per il luogo. Uno dei due si
anima d'improvviso, punta una parete buia di loculi e ne torna con una
scala di legno. La posa contro il muro dell'oratorio dedicato a San
Rocco attiguo alla chiesa, giusto sotto una finestrella. Salgono e
forzano la misera serratura, sono dentro l'edificio adesso e da lì
accedono alla chiesa. Escono in pochi secondo con una tavola di legno
di circa un metro e mezzo per sessanta centimetri avvolta in una
coperta, prima di uscire hanno ripulito le proprie orme fangose.
Così scomparve l'unica opera conosciuta di Giacomo Spinolotto, una
“Madonna in trono col bambino” datata 1476 dipinta su una tavola di
legno, con una parte completamente dorata. Forse non una pietra
miliare della storia dell'arte, ma comunque un dipinto molto
importante per la nostra città. Lo Spinolotto infatti è il primo
artista cittadino, che si ricordi nei documenti dell'Archivio Storico,
a vivere solo ed esclusivamente di pennello, pagato dal Podestà della
Spezia (e Vicario della Riviera Orientale) e dalle famiglie nobili per
mettere la propria arte a servizio della devozione religiosa o della
decorazione pubblica e privata. Un furto su commissione, concludono
gli inquirenti: chi non abbia dimestichezza con la storia dell'arte
non pagherebbe cifre tali da giustificare il rischio del colpo.
Oltretutto la precisione delle mosse dei ladri farebbe pensare a
persone che conoscano bene la zona e l'edificio. Forse la tavola della
Madonna campeggierà sopra il camino di qualche collezionista disonesto
o finirà in una soffitta magari sostituita dal successivo capriccio di
un “galantuomo”.

Passano 33 anni e Giacomo Spinolotto se lo sono dimenticati quasi
tutti, così come la sua ultima opera conosciuta. Tutti tranne Fabrizio
Rossi, un maresciallo dei Carabinieri che si occupa di furti di opere
d'arte. E' bravo a fare il suo lavoro e viene chiamato a Lione dove
c'è il Dipartimento Opere d'Arte dell'Interpol, perché il mercato
dell'arte rubata è un fatto internazionale che fa girare tanti soldi.
Solo in Italia spariscono 15.000 oggetti l'anno e in questa classifica
veniamo dopo la Francia e ce la giochiamo da pari con Germania, Russia
e Polonia. Il 15 novembre 2007 Rossi sta sfogliando un catalogo di
un'importante casa d'aste che sta per battere dei pezzi d'arte a
Torino. Sotto la tabella “Scuola spagnola del XV secolo” spunta la
foto della Madonna dello Spinolotto, non può che essere lei! Il
carabiniere se la ricorda bene, perché ha curato personalmente la
scheda per l'inserimento del dipinto nel database della polizia
europea e soprattutto perché La Spezia è la sua città natale e forse
l'idea di restituirle prima o poi quel pezzo di storia non l'ha mai
abbandonato. Scatta subito il sequestro, la perizia conferma che
l'opera è proprio quella e d'altra parte l'iscrizione autografa non
lascia dubbi: “JACOBUS SPINOLOTUS DE SPEDIA PINXIT, 1476”.

Dal 2008 la tavola è esposta al Museo Diocesano e se potesse parlare
chissà cosa ci racconterebbe di questo trentennio di esilio.

September 4th, 2011

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Il colpo della Pieve - Citta della Spezia :: Cultura e Spettacolo - La Spezia
http://www.cittadellaspezia.com/La-Spezia/Cultura-e-Spettacolo/Il-colpo-della-Pieve-92437.aspx

September 4, 2011

La Spezia. Questo è un poliziesco e la prima scena è quella del
delitto. Dunque è notte, piove e fa freddo. Suona come un cliché vero?
Ma il fatto è che nella notte tra il 28 febbraio e il 1 marzo 1974
alla Spezia piove e fa freddo veramente e d'altra parte non ci vuole
un grande sforzo per immaginarsi una nottata di fine inverno gelida e
umida sul golfo. Il quartiere della Pieve dorme, anche se ancora per
almeno vent'anni la linea ferroviaria marittima passerà sotto il naso
dei suoi abitanti con un viavai di ferro ruotato giorno e notte. Un
quartiere recente, soprattutto di edilizia popolare, che cola
blandamente dalla collina, ma i palazzi residenziali sono stretti tra
due gioielli del passato antico. In alto c'è la villa settecentesca
dei marchesi Da Passano che almeno dal '400 possedevano tutto quello
che da là in alto si riesce a vedere fino al mare. In basso c'è la
Pieve di San Venerio che è immutata da un migliaio di anni e che prima
era la terra di un colono romano, arrivato insieme a tanti altri a
costruire la città di Luni, e che ancora prima era un villaggio ligure
che commerciava ceramica e chissà cos'altro con gli Etruschi.
Attaccato alla chiesa c'è un camposanto altrettanto antico e dentro ci
sono due individui che hanno appena scavalcato il muro e si guardano
attorno in un silenzio eccessivo persino per il luogo. Uno dei due si
anima d'improvviso, punta una parete buia di loculi e ne torna con una
scala di legno. La posa contro il muro dell'oratorio dedicato a San
Rocco attiguo alla chiesa, giusto sotto una finestrella. Salgono e
forzano la misera serratura, sono dentro l'edificio adesso e da lì
accedono alla chiesa. Escono in pochi secondo con una tavola di legno
di circa un metro e mezzo per sessanta centimetri avvolta in una
coperta, prima di uscire hanno ripulito le proprie orme fangose.
Così scomparve l'unica opera conosciuta di Giacomo Spinolotto, una
“Madonna in trono col bambino” datata 1476 dipinta su una tavola di
legno, con una parte completamente dorata. Forse non una pietra
miliare della storia dell'arte, ma comunque un dipinto molto
importante per la nostra città. Lo Spinolotto infatti è il primo
artista cittadino, che si ricordi nei documenti dell'Archivio Storico,
a vivere solo ed esclusivamente di pennello, pagato dal Podestà della
Spezia (e Vicario della Riviera Orientale) e dalle famiglie nobili per
mettere la propria arte a servizio della devozione religiosa o della
decorazione pubblica e privata. Un furto su commissione, concludono
gli inquirenti: chi non abbia dimestichezza con la storia dell'arte
non pagherebbe cifre tali da giustificare il rischio del colpo.
Oltretutto la precisione delle mosse dei ladri farebbe pensare a
persone che conoscano bene la zona e l'edificio. Forse la tavola della
Madonna campeggierà sopra il camino di qualche collezionista disonesto
o finirà in una soffitta magari sostituita dal successivo capriccio di
un “galantuomo”.

Passano 33 anni e Giacomo Spinolotto se lo sono dimenticati quasi
tutti, così come la sua ultima opera conosciuta. Tutti tranne Fabrizio
Rossi, un maresciallo dei Carabinieri che si occupa di furti di opere
d'arte. E' bravo a fare il suo lavoro e viene chiamato a Lione dove
c'è il Dipartimento Opere d'Arte dell'Interpol, perché il mercato
dell'arte rubata è un fatto internazionale che fa girare tanti soldi.
Solo in Italia spariscono 15.000 oggetti l'anno e in questa classifica
veniamo dopo la Francia e ce la giochiamo da pari con Germania, Russia
e Polonia. Il 15 novembre 2007 Rossi sta sfogliando un catalogo di
un'importante casa d'aste che sta per battere dei pezzi d'arte a
Torino. Sotto la tabella “Scuola spagnola del XV secolo” spunta la
foto della Madonna dello Spinolotto, non può che essere lei! Il
carabiniere se la ricorda bene, perché ha curato personalmente la
scheda per l'inserimento del dipinto nel database della polizia
europea e soprattutto perché La Spezia è la sua città natale e forse
l'idea di restituirle prima o poi quel pezzo di storia non l'ha mai
abbandonato. Scatta subito il sequestro, la perizia conferma che
l'opera è proprio quella e d'altra parte l'iscrizione autografa non
lascia dubbi: “JACOBUS SPINOLOTUS DE SPEDIA PINXIT, 1476”.

Dal 2008 la tavola è esposta al Museo Diocesano e se potesse parlare
chissà cosa ci racconterebbe di questo trentennio di esilio.

September 4th, 2011

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Icon-smuggling ring uncovered
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_08/05/2011_390045

Scotland Yard has identified the alleged mastermind behind a ring that has been stealing religious icons from churches and monasteries in Epirus and Thessaly which subsequently ended up at European auction houses.

According to the Greek authorities, police in Athens were informed of the identity of the mastermind, who is from Thessaly, by their British counterparts. The person has yet to be taken into custody, however, as his or her whereabouts are currently unknown.

The information that led to the ring leader’s identification was provided by a London gallery following the online identification of six Byzantine icons that the gallery was planning to sell. The icons were recently returned to the monasteries they belong to in the area of Ioannina, northern Greece. It is believed that the alleged ring leader had claimed the icons were family heirlooms from his father’s personal collection.

Besides the aforementioned relics, the London gallery has also handed over another 10 icons to the Greek Embassy in the British capital which have also been identified through photographs as having been stolen from monasteries in Epirus and Western Macedonia. Meanwhile, the gallery has removed another 60 icons from its Internet site that had been heading for auction and had been supplied by the illicit Greek dealer.

It appears, however, that the smuggling ring had been supplying various art spaces around Europe. Another nine Byzantine icons, all taken from churches and monasteries in Epirus and Grevena, were identified and seized at two auction houses based in Amsterdam.

The international search for the icons began after an electronic database of stolen Byzantine treasures was posted online by the former Ioannina prefecture.

Initially, Greek police located a number of works at secondhand stores in Athens, before extensive investigation in collaboration with Interpol led them to Berlin, London and Amsterdam.

According to sources, the police are confident that the information they have gathered will help them to smash the ring, which is believed to be behind the disappearance of hundreds of Byzantine icons and other religious objects, including pieces of icon screens and communion cups.

ekathimerini.com | Icon-smuggling ring uncovered.

May 9th, 2011

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Police in Israel arrested four Israelis suspected of stealing precious Judaica from the main synagogue in Milan, Italy.

The suspects, who were arrested Feb. 5 as part of an international operation, are accused of smuggling the Judaica to Israel for sale to collectors.

All the stolen objects — silver Torah crowns, rimmonim or finials, and other silver and gold objects worth more than $700,000 — were recovered. Police said the four suspects — two thieves and two who received the goods in Israel — belonged to a gang that had carried out similar thefts from other European synagogues.

The theft was discovered on the morning of Feb. 4 when Rabbi David Schunnach opened the ark that houses the Torah scrolls to prepare for Shabbat.

According to Italian reports, the synagogue’s security camera showed two thieves taking the items from the ark earlier in the week. They apparently had gained access to the synagogue by posing as worshipers.

Upon discovering the theft, Schunnach alerted Judaica dealers in Israel and elsewhere. According to Israeli reports, one dealer contacted authorities after recognizing the items when he was shown them for appraisal.

“In the next few days we will know the details of what took place,” Milan Jewish community President Roberto Jarach said. “I want to underscore the fundamental importance of the immediate action taken by Rabbi Schunnach to alert his network of contacts in the world of Judaica collectors, the efficiency of the Carabinieri and, through Interpol, the effective action of the Israel forces of order.”

Italy’s Carabinieri military police has a special section devoted to art theft.

Suspects nabbed in theft of Judaica from Milan synagogue JTA – Jewish.

February 8th, 2011

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Roban y dañan imagen de la catedral en Palmira – diario El Pais.

Una persona de la calle irrumpió el viernes de la semana pasada en la iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario del Palmar, La Catedral, declarado patrimonio nacional y destrozó la mano de la estatua del santo Domingo de Guzmán, una imagen barcelonesa construida a principios del siglo XX.

El indigente se apoderó del bastón del santo ante el estupor de los fieles que ese día se encontraban en el templo y que permanecieron impávidos contemplando los ultrajes del vagabundo.

El padre Jairo Gómez cura párroco de La Catedral precisó que sólo hasta ayer domingo lograron recuperar el bastón después de buscarlo por todos los rincones de la iglesia. Dijo también que ayer mismo llegó un restaurador procedente de la ciudad de Cartagena quien se encargará de recuperar la imagen del santo.

“Afortunadamente quedaron algunos pedazos de la mano, donde se veía como tenía los dedos y de esa manera se podrá llevar a cabo la restauración de la estatua”, sostuvo el clérigo quien se mostró preocupado por los actos de vandalismo que se cometen en los últimos meses contra el principal templo de la Villa de Las Palmas.

Gómez reiteró que a raíz de los trabajos de recuperación del parque Bolívar, que fue iluminado y de donde se suprimió un importante número de bancas, los mendigos y callejeros que antes se hacían en este sitio se han trasladado al atrio de la iglesia donde, aprovechando la oscuridad de la noche, hacen sus necesidades.

“Yo hago una ronda hacia las 11:00 p. m. y llamó a la policía cuando veo que hay personas en el andén, pero después de esa hora es que la gente aprovecha para hacer sus deposiciones.

Lo que pedimos es que en los patrullajes que hace la policía se revise La Catedral para sacar a estar personas, porque los fieles merecen encontrar una iglesia limpia las 6:30 a. m. que vienen a misa y no un lugar lleno de excrementos”, repuso el sacerdote quien dijo que la otra posibilidad sería que la Administración local ubicara un baño público el cual fuera manejado por el vigilante que se encarga de cuidar el parque Bolívar.

Otra alternativa sería que el uniformado también se encargara de cuidar y preservar La Catedral de los indigentes teniendo en cuenta, no sólo que ésta es patrimonio nacional, sino que también es una pieza importante dentro del entorno de la plaza principal de la ciudad.

“Estamos hablando de la plaza principal de Palmira que la componen el parque Bolívar pero también La Catedral y otras edificaciones de gran importancia.

Estamos hablando de la imagen de la ciudad”, enfatizó el padre Gómez

January 25th, 2011

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Flensburg (epd). Unbekannte haben offenbar schon am Freitag eine wertvolle Marienfigur (Pietá) aus der katholischen Pfarrkirche “St. Marien – Schmerzhafte Mutter” in Flensburg gestohlen. Die hölzerne Figur ist etwa 45 Zentimeter groß und stellt Maria mit dem gekreuzigten Jesus dar. Sie heißt so wie die Kirche “Schmerzhafte Mutter”, teilte die Gemeinde am Montag mit. Neben dem materiellen Schaden von mehreren tausend Euro beklagt Pfarrer Stefan Krinke vor allem den ideellen Verlust: Viele Menschen hätten vor der Skulptur gebetet. Hinweise nimmt die Gemeinde oder die Kriminalpolizei unter 0461 / 484-0 entgegen.

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Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd) – Landesdienst Nord.

January 20th, 2011

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Flensburg (epd). Unbekannte haben offenbar schon am Freitag eine wertvolle Marienfigur (Pietá) aus der katholischen Pfarrkirche “St. Marien – Schmerzhafte Mutter” in Flensburg gestohlen. Die hölzerne Figur ist etwa 45 Zentimeter groß und stellt Maria mit dem gekreuzigten Jesus dar. Sie heißt so wie die Kirche “Schmerzhafte Mutter”, teilte die Gemeinde am Montag mit. Neben dem materiellen Schaden von mehreren tausend Euro beklagt Pfarrer Stefan Krinke vor allem den ideellen Verlust: Viele Menschen hätten vor der Skulptur gebetet. Hinweise nimmt die Gemeinde oder die Kriminalpolizei unter 0461 / 484-0 entgegen.

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Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd) – Landesdienst Nord.

January 20th, 2011

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Informe elaborado por la unidad de investigación del Centro Católico Multimedial (C.C.M.), en estrecho contacto con el Consejo de Analistas Católicos de México (C.A.C.M.) / 17 de enero.-Crece de un 2 a un 12 por ciento, el sacrilegio deliberado a recintos sagrados de las distintas Provincias Eclesiales de la república mexicana, según registros de 1993 a la fecha.

C.C.M.- En México, cada semana, cerca de 26 recintos sagrados de toda la configuración eclesiástica, son mancillados por insolentes pecaminosos, que a través de actos de violencia e impunidad, cometen sacrilegio y dirigen sus ataques sistemáticos contra la fe católica.

Ataque a templos sagrados en México.

January 20th, 2011

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MEXICO CONFISCA CARGAMENTO DE OBRAS DE ARTE ROBADAS EN ASIA.

Las autoridades mexicanas confiscaron un cargamento con 39 piezas y obras de arte robadas, pertenecientes a los siglos XVII y XVIII, traficadas desde Asia.

Algunos de esos objetos pertenecen al patrimonio cultural de Singapur, motivo por el cual “no pueden ser objeto de comercio”, informó la agencia de noticias Dpa.

Se trata de figuras humanas y animales hechas en madera, campanas de acero, alhajeros y grabados de la cultura hindú, informó la Procuraduría General (fiscalía) de México.

Mientras se intenta identificar a los responsables de esta operación de contrabando, las piezas y obras de arte quedaron en la aduana de Manzanillo, sobre la Costa del Pacífico, donde la policía mexicana descubrió el cargamento.

January 20th, 2011

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Mexico City –  A total of 39 Singaporean art treasures from the 17th and 18th centuries were seized in the Mexican port of Manzanillo after being smuggled into the Latin American nation, the Attorney General’s Office said Monday.
Federal investigators and tax inspectors were checking goods stored on the premises of the Timsa company in Manzanillo when they came upon two wooden boxes in which the artworks were hidden, the AG’s office said in a commuique.
Mexican authorities contacted the Culture Ministry of Singapore, which said that “among the insured items are several considered part of our cultural heritage since they are from the 17th and 18th centuries.”

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Mexico seizes 39 art treasures smuggled out of Singapore – Fox News Latino.

January 18th, 2011

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For nearly seven decades, two paintings depicting outdoor “sporting” activities graced the walls of the prestigious Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township.

The artworks by renowned equine artist Franklin B. Voss depicted foxhunting scenes, perfectly blending into the ambience of the private club known for its history of foxhunts and steeplechase races.

On Jan. 18, 2006, both paintings disappeared.

They have not been recovered.

Police said the paintings might have been carried out of the club between 5 and 9:30 p.m. that day by two thieves posing as service workers.

They suspect two men wrapped the paintings and other artwork in Persian rugs and carried them outside to a van. Unsuspecting club employees thought the carpets were scheduled to be cleaned, police reports indicate.

The estimated value of the haul was $68,000.

Township police Chief Michael Matrunics said leads have evaporated during the past five years.

“We did have some information early on that they may have wound up in Virginia, but that information was checked out and didn’t pan out,” Matrunics said.

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Hunt still on for art stolen from Ligonier Township sporting club – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

January 16th, 2011

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Painting by Aivazovsky .

Among the paintings that the robbers took from the  businessman Alexander Tarantsev’s near Moscow estate, were “The Cossack” by Ilya Repin and the “Ship at Sea” by Ivan Aivazovsky, Kommersant reports. Works by Shishkin, Savrasov and other Russian artists were also stolen.

The robbers took diamond jewelry and antiques, some of which come from the collections of the Russian imperial family. “Russian Gold” company estimated the total damage at more than $ 50 million.

Robbery occurred on January 13 in the early morning. Four gunmen wearing masks entered the manor, located in specially protected health resort. They tied and beat the superintendent – the only person inside the house. Tarantsev himself at that time was on vacation in the U.S.

January 16th, 2011

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Painting by Aivazovsky .

Among the paintings that the robbers took from the  businessman Alexander Tarantsev’s near Moscow estate, were “The Cossack” by Ilya Repin and the “Ship at Sea” by Ivan Aivazovsky, Kommersant reports. Works by Shishkin, Savrasov and other Russian artists were also stolen.

The robbers took diamond jewelry and antiques, some of which come from the collections of the Russian imperial family. “Russian Gold” company estimated the total damage at more than $ 50 million.

Robbery occurred on January 13 in the early morning. Four gunmen wearing masks entered the manor, located in specially protected health resort. They tied and beat the superintendent – the only person inside the house. Tarantsev himself at that time was on vacation in the U.S.

January 16th, 2011

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Russia – $50 Million Art and Gem Theft – NYTimes.com.

The owner of a chain of jewelry stores lost about $50 million worth of paintings, diamonds and antiques in one of the more brazen recent thefts at country homes of the wealthy outside of Moscow. The burglars tied up security guards, retrieved keys from a caretaker’s house and made off with paintings by the 19th-century Russian masters Ilya Repin, Ivan Shishkin and Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian television news reported. Their owner, Aleksandr Tarantsev, said the paintings were insured.

January 16th, 2011

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Se cree que los autores hicieron “inteligencia” al edificio de Congreso primera cuadra y que, inevitablemente, habrían tenido contacto con comerciantes de la zona. Ellos podrían aportar pistas.

14/01/2011 11:22 PM | La investigación del robo de “boqueteros” al Museo de Arte Sacro se desarrolla a paso lento, según indicaron fuentes vinculadas a la pesquisa. Las tareas se centran en la búsqueda de alguna pista que permita dar con los autores de este inusal golpe con un botín sólo posible de ser estimado por coleccionistas de piezas históricas.
En esa dirección, personal de la División Homicidios y Delitos Complejos -que realiza la investigación junto con la Sección Robos y Hurtos, de la Dirección General de Investigaciones- allanó un local comercial aledaño al Museo, también ubicado en la primera cuadra de calle Congreso.

Continúa la investigación por el robo a un museo – – Diario El SigloWeb Tucumán.

January 16th, 2011

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A collection of paintings, including works by Ivan Shishkin, Ilya Repin and Ivan Aivazovsky, was stolen Wednesday night from the country residence of a Russian businessman, art patron and collector of Russian painting and icons.

Precious artworks stolen from Russian oligarch — RT.

January 15th, 2011

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Efectivos de la Seccional Primera investigan el robo que se registró en el Museo de Arte Sacro en calle Congreso 53, al ingresar por los techos del lugar y apoderarse de varias obras de arte.

Efectivos de la Seccional Primera investigan el robo que se registró en el Museo de Arte Sacro en calle Congreso 53, al ingresar por los techos del lugar y apoderarse de varias obras de arte. Se estima que los delincuentes abrieron un agujero en el tech

Robaron obras de valor del Museo de Arte Sacro – – Diario El SigloWeb Tucumán.

January 14th, 2011

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CHURCHES in Essex have become among the worst in the UK for being stripped bare by metal thieves.

In the last year several churches across the county have been targeted by crooks on the prowl for valuable metal.

Several have suffered thousands of pounds damage as thieves have stripped them of copper and lead tiles and flashing.

But the crime is a growing problem with homes, restaurants, public buildings and even underground cabling taken by villains.

Church insurer Ecclesiastical says the Chelmsford diocese, which oversees all Church of England churches in Essex, is the fifth worst spot in the UK for being targeted by metal thieves.

Essex churches among worst in UK for metal theft (From Brentwood Weekly News).

January 10th, 2011

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A band of Costa Rican art thieves has collectors on guard and detectives on edge. The search is on for some of Costa Rica’s most famous paintings.

Ronald Reyes | Tico Times
Precious Paintings: “Presagios de la Guerra,” a painting by renowned Tico artist Rafa Fernández, is probably safe in its home at the Costa Rican Art Museum in La Sabana Park; other Fernández works in private homes, however, have been targeted by a ring of art thieves.

Jonathan Harris never knew he was a target, but he knew he had something coveted.

On the morning of Oct. 9, a crew of art thieves cruised slowly through his gated Escazú community west of San José in a white Mitsubishi Montero.

more:

Thieves target works by celebrated Tico artist Rafa Fernandez / Top Story / News / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

January 8th, 2011

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Rubata formella bronzea del ‘500 da statua Sisto V Camerino – Marche – ANSA.it.

January 8th, 2011

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Bamberg (dapd-bay). Eine aus der Großkrippe am Schönleinsplatz in Bamberg gestohlene Figur der Heiligen drei Könige ist wieder aufgetaucht.

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Gestohlene Königsfigur aus Krippe wieder aufgetaucht.

January 8th, 2011

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Art worth more than a half-million dollars has disappeared from a Scottsdale gallery that abruptly closed in November.

Sedona artist Alan Wolton, 76, filed a report in December with Scottsdale police regarding seven missing paintings, some works valued at as much as $150,000.

Wolton believes his paintings may have been sold by Peter Shaun Alderman, owner of the Willow Gallery at 7175 E. Main St. in Scottsdale, before its closure in November. The paintings were part of Wolton’s collection on display at the gallery.

Scottsdale gallery’s missing art worth half a million.

January 7th, 2011

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Agentes de la Ertzaintza han detenido en Gernika a dos hombres de 43 y 20 años acusados de robar en una casa de Lezama (Vizcaya) de donde se llevaron un cuadro de más de medio siglo de antigüedad, que posteriormente fue recuperado.

Roban en un caserío un cuadro con medio siglo de antigüedad · ELPAÍS.com.

January 7th, 2011

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VOL DE TABLEAUX | Les onze tableaux volés durant la dernière semaine de décembre dans un appartement à Thalwil (ZH) sont des oeuvres d’Andy Warhol.© Police cantonale zurichoise |ATS | 05.01.2011 | 18:51Ils comportent le même motif en différentes variations: un portrait du chanteur Mick Jagger. Les toiles portent les signatures de l’artiste et de son modèle.

via Les onze toiles dérobées à Thalwil (ZH) sont des Warhol | 24 heures.

January 7th, 2011

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De mars 2009 à septembre 2010, près de cinquante maisons ont été cambriolées entre Vierville-sur-Mer et Ouistreham. « Cette affaire nous a tenus en haleine pendant plusieurs mois, confie un enquêteur de la brigade de recherche de Bayeux. C’est finalement un concours de circonstances qui nous a mis sur la piste du cambrioleur. »

ouest-france.fr – L’amateur d’art écumait les villas entre Vierville-sur-Mer et Ouistreham – Bayeux – Faits.

January 7th, 2011

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Thrissur (Ker) Jan 5 (PTI) A key suspect in the theft of three antique relics from a church in the district on November 30 has been arrested, police said today.
The relics belonging to the Holy Cross Church at Mapranam area here are believed to be associated with the Crucifixion of Christ.
Head of the Special Investigation Team, Vimaladitya, said the suspect was arrested yesterday from nearby Wadanapally.
The stolen articles, however, were yet to be recovered.

Key suspect arrested in holy relic theft case –  National News – News – MSN India.

January 7th, 2011

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http://austrianindependent.com/news/General_News/2011-01-04/5833/Koloman_Moser_masterpiece_disappeared_en_route_to_UK

A painting bought in an auction in Vienna for more than 100,000 Euros was stolen during transport to the United Kingdom, it has been reported.

Viennese newspaper Heute reports today (Tues) that a self portrait by late Austrian artist Koloman Moser has been reported as missing. The painting was purchased by a London-based man for 116,200 Euros at the Dorotheum auction house in Austrian capital Vienna. The Briton assigned an international shipping company to transport the piece of art to London – but the painting never arrived.

The report in Heute did not make clear whether police know where and when the painting from 1915 was stolen.

Moser is, alongside with Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, regarded as one of Austria’s greatest artists of the early 20th century.

The Dorotheum is one of the most important auction houses in the world. Its Viennese representation achieved a turnover of 143 million Euros last year. The Dorotheum, which was founded in 1707, is also doing business in the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy.

January 5th, 2011

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TORREGLIA. E’ stata divelta dalla roccia la Madonnina del monte Pirio, collocata sulla sommità del colle sopra Torreglia appena due mesi fa, a protezione degli escursionisti dei Colli Euganei, da alcuni volontari dell’Associazione Giovane Montagna di Padova. Gli autori del gesto sacrilego, oltre che vandalico, hanno tagliato i quattro bulloni in acciaio che tenevano ancorata la statuetta di bronzo alla trachite. Un piano ben programmato che ha richiesto probabilmente l’uso di un flessibile a batteria e l’intervento di almeno due persone.

more pus image:

http://mattinopadova.gelocal.it/cronaca/2011/01/02/news/rubata-la-madonnina-del-monte-pirio-3082721

January 4th, 2011

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A FIFTH man was remanded yesterday for six days after being implicated in the theft of religious artefacts from two Limassol churches.

A police spokesman said: “after acquiring a testimony we have proceeded to arrest a 31-year-old man, he has been remanded for six days and investigations are underway to get to the bottom of the case.”

The spokesman could not confirm if he expected further arrests.

The police spokesman confirmed that the 31-year-old has also been implicated in another unrelated theft case where €4,000 was stolen from a taxi driver on October 14.

On November 30 police in Limassol recovered bibles, religious icons, chalices, crosses and various other stolen artefacts in a successful sting operation after receiving an anonymous tip off.

It was established that the religious artefacts were stolen from the Church of Christ and Saint George’s Church in Limassol last month.

For the same case three Romanian men and a 29-year-old Lebanese man are already in custody.

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/fifth-arrest-church-theft/20101205
Published on December 5, 2010

December 6th, 2010

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Historical relics stolen from Kerala church

The theft was reported at the Holy Cross Church in Mapranam, Thrissur where thieves broke open the doors and gained entry into the sacristy.

The relics included a part of the Holy Cross on which Jesus Christ was believed to have been crucified, the blood stain of Christ and a piece of the towel with which his face was wiped during the journey of the Passion.

“This is the only church in the country which has been preserving these three relics with the Vatican’s permission,” vicar general of the Irinjalakkuda diocese, Mon Jose Irumpanam, told The Times of India.

The relics were supposedly donated by the Vatican on the orders of Pope Leo XIII.

According to the vicar of the parish, the theft was noticed on Tuesday morning when the shrine was opened. He informed that the offering collection box was found intact.

Police said the robbers might have gained entry after breaking open the main doors. The relics were reportedly kept inside a box along with a brass cross.

A special team led by Irinjalakkuda ASP has been called to probe the case.

Founded in 928 AD, the Holy Cross Church attracts worshippers beyond religious barriers and is an archeologically renowned pilgrim centre.

http://in.christiantoday.com/articles/historical-relics-stolen-from-kerala-church/5842.htm
By: Babu Thomas
Wednesday, 1 December 2010, 14:51 (IST)

December 2nd, 2010

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Artworks worth an estimated €5 million (£4.2m) have been stolen from a transport lorry in Madrid in what police described as the “biggest robbery of contemporary art in Spain” to date.
Around 30 pieces were taken, including artwork by Pablo Picasso, during transportation from galleries in Cologne, Germany to Madrid in a robbery that had all the hallmarks of “an inside job”.
The works were contained in a transport lorry parked inside a warehouse in the Madrid suburb of Getafe. CCTV footage shows three masked thieves breaking into the site on Saturday. They drove the truck away after reportedly finding the ignition key in the glove compartment.

The lorry was found abandoned empty three days later and is being examined by a forensic team specialising in art theft.

At least 20 of the artworks came from the Stefan Röpke gallery in Cologne which staged an exhibition of Basque artist Eduardo Chillida last month.

“All the works were insured and were being returned to our sister gallery in Madrid,” said the director of the gallery in Cologne.

“The police have contacted us and told us not to publicise exactly which pieces have been taken as it may affect the investigation,” he said adding that “it has all the hallmarks of an inside job”.

“We used a company that regularly transports art from here across Europe taking combined shipments from different galleries in the area.”

The Crisostomo transport company had no comment to make on the theft.

The investigation is being conducted by a police unit specialising in art theft. “We are working hard to prevent the thieves taken the stolen art out of Spain as once they cross borders, recovery becomes difficult,” said a spokesman on condition of anonymity.

Only an estimated 15 per cent of stolen artworks are recovered, the police unit said adding that it had become the third largest trade on the black market after drugs and arms trafficking.

David Fernandez, the director of the Juan Gris gallery in Madrid, said they had a sculpture and a collage by Chillida stolen in the theft.

“It gave us a big fright because nothing like this has ever happened to us,” he told Spanish National Radio. “We’re upset because they are important pieces and irreplaceable.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/8177067/Thieves-steal-30-artworks-from-transport-lorry-in-Spain.html

December 2nd, 2010

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Stolen Painting Featured in Bulgaria’s National Gallery of Nikola Tanev
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=118138

Culture | July 15, 2010, Thursday

“Spring in Sofia” – by Nikola Tanev. Photo by president.bg
Bulgaria’s National Art Gallery is opening Thursday an exhibition dedicated to the 120 birthday of one of the most renowned Bulgarian artists, Nikola Tanev.

The last presentation of Tanev’s works was in 1976. The new exhibition will feature a total of 150 works of the artist, including one of the 28 paintings which was stolen from his museum house in Sofia in 1999, and was recovered last week as it was brought to the National Art Gallery by a collector who acquired it in London.

This has spurred allegations backed by a statement of the Bulgarian Culture Ministry that the other 27 stolen paintings of Nikola Tanev are currently exhibited in London galleries. The Ministry has started an investigation to search for them.

The exhibit dedicated to Nikola Tanev (1890-1962) will feature works from his entire life – his first artistic attempts in 1907-1908, the landscape paintings from the 1920s, the urban panoramas from the 1940s and 1950s, as well as previously not exhibited works of naked women’s bodies from the mid 1940s.

July 15th, 2010

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I’ll stay silent over Shakespeare book, says Raymond Scott
Feb 1 2009 by Roger Domeneghetti, Sunday Sun

FLAMBOYANT Raymond Scott is considering the unthinkable when he appears in court over the alleged theft of a rare Shakespeare book . . . by keeping his mouth shut.

Mr Scott was last week seen addressing the media from the steps of Durham police station where he’d answered bail on the charge, quoting Oscar Wilde, among others.

He said: “There’s nothing worse than being talked about than not talked about.”

However, after being formally charged with theft and handling of the 1623 Shakespeare first folio from Durham University in 1998 on Wednesday, he said he might learn from Wilde’s court appearance which landed the celebrated author in jail for gross indecency in 1895.

Mr Scott said: “Maybe on this occasion I will learn a lesson from history. I have absolutely nothing to hide. I know I am entirely innocent of both charges. But much though I’d like the chance to protest my innocence, I might just stay silent.”

Mr Scott of Wingate, County Durham is to appear before Durham magistrates in Consett on February 10 – two days before his 52nd birthday.

http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/news/north-east-news/2009/02/01/i-ll-stay-silent-over-shakespeare-book-says-raymond-scott-79310-22827172/

February 1st, 2009

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SINKING FEELING: The boat builder statue

30 January 2009
By Richard Bean
A second statue has been stolen from Wigan Pier.
Leisure chiefs have been left devastated by the disappearance of the boat builder, days after the pit brow lassie statue vanished from the same site.

The evocative figure of a boat builder, positioned on the towpath opposite the former canal dry dock, was torn from its plinth on Thursday evening.

At the weekend, a similar moulding of a pit brow lass, one of four striking figures, was stolen.

Because the glassfibre and concrete works of art have little scrap value, police are baffled by the motive for the attacks, particularly as the figures were so securely fixed into the canalside.

All were due to be unveiled by councillors in the presence of the artist on Thursday.

The four statues and information “interpretation” boards telling the story of Wigan Pier and its historical significance have cost a total of more than £36,000.

However, most of the cost has come from external grants such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Development Fund.

Only two figures, a bargee and a cotton worker, now remain, and security is being beefed up to protect them.

Police have started door to door inquiries to find anybody who may have
seen or heard anything.

It is believed that because of the weight of the sculpture, a vehicle would have been needed to carry it away.

This time the figure had been brutally smashed off the plinth and its foot left behind.

It looks like the thieves originally tried to dig him out, but then, finding the depth of the footings – they go a metre into the canalbank – gave up.

Tourism manager for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Keith Bergman said: “We are devastated and disappointed.
“This scheme was developed for the people of Wigan to celebrate our rich industrial heritage.

“This is an orchestrated and a deliberate attack. This goes beyond petty vandalism.
“These sculptures had the potential to be viewed and enjoyed by many people – more than half a million people and visitors walk this section of towpath every year – and we had already received positive feedback from those who had seen the sculptures.

“These sculptures have no scrap value but sadly a few people seem determined to wreck it for everyone.”
Tyldesley Lib Dem Metro councillor Robert Bleakley said although he was “sorry” about the theft, he had already warned the Trust that the statues “wouldn’t last five minutes.”

He added ruefully: “I feel story for the hard work put in by council officers and I’m all for promoting the borough’s heritage but I personally think that erecting statues was asking for trouble.”

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

http://www.wigantoday.net/wigannews/Second-statue-stolen-from-Pier.4932685.jp

January 31st, 2009

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Each of the 12in x 10in paintings is valued at more than £2000 and all concern the subject The Hardman’s Face. Police said one of the unframed paintings was oil-based while the other three were pastels.

Police appealed for information from anyone who may have innocently bought them or who has been asked to frame them.

The paintings were taken from a house in the village of Croftamie, near Drymen in Stirlingshire, between 11am and 4pm on January 19.

Central Scotland Police said the owner of the house, who did not want to be identified, was home at the time of the theft but was not aware of it. A quantity of jewellery, thought to be valued at about £8000, was also taken.

Howson, 50, was born in London but moved to Prestwick, Ayrshire, at the age of four. He spent a short time in the Royal Highland Fusiliers before leaving to study at Glasgow School of Art.

He is known as a member of the New Glasgow Boys movement that rose to prominence in the 1980s.

He was appointed as the official British war artist during the Balkans conflict in the early 1990s.

In 1998, his work appeared on a controversial postage stamp commissioned to celebrate engineering achievements. It was said to infuriate the Queen, whose head seemed to be appearing out of a chimney.

Howson has painted two nude portraits of singer Madonna, and his work has been collected by David Bowie and Bob Geldof.

12:58am Tuesday 27th January 2009

By WILLIAM TINNING

http://www.theherald.co.uk/

January 28th, 2009

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Spenden für das Denkmal von Kleist
Donnerstag, 23. Oktober 2008 02:42 – Von Jeanette Bederke

So viel Aufmerksamkeit hatte Heinrich von Kleist in seiner Geburtsstadt schon lange nicht mehr: Bisher unbekannte Buntmetalldiebe haben vom Denkmal des berühmtesten Frankfurters in der vergangenen Woche drei wertvolle Bronzereliefs gestohlen, um die Metalltafeln vermutlich bei einem Schrotthändler zu verhökern.

Eine peinliche Angelegenheit ausgerechnet zu Beginn der traditionellen Kleistfesttage – zumal die Polizei bis heute keine Spur von den Tätern hat und die Frankfurter Stadtverwaltung mit dem Verlust eine Woche lang zögernd und wenig feinfühlig umging.
Die Anfertigung von Repliken würde rund 5000 Euro kosten, hatte Frank Drömert vom städtischen Kultureigenbetrieb schnell errechnet. Doch statt umgehend für Ersatz zu sorgen, wollte Oberbürgermeister Martin Patzelt aus Kostengründen lieber erst einmal abwarten, ob die 1910 vom Berliner Bildhauer Gottlieb Elster geschaffenen Reliefs mit Darstellungen aus Kleists berühmtesten Werken vielleicht von allein wieder auftauchen würden. Schließlich ist das Stadtsäckel chronisch klamm und der magere Jahres-Etat von 15 000 Euro zum Erhalt der 270 städtischen Kunstwerke für 2008 bereits aufgebraucht.
Mit dem Verweis auf fehlendes Geld beschwor das Frankfurter Stadtoberhaupt allerdings schnell Kritik herauf. Schließlich will die Kommune 2011, 200 Jahre nach dem Freitod des Dichters, Hauptveranstalter eines deutschlandweiten Kleist-Jahres sein. Da werde sie doch wohl 5000 Euro für die Komplettierung des Kleist-Denkmals aufbringen können, lauteten die Vorwürfe. Überlegungen, den Verlust durch weitaus billigere, aber nicht witterungsbeständige Gipskopien zu ersetzten, wurden wegen Widerstands und Spotts aus der Bevölkerung schnell verworfen.

Geradezu demonstrativ spendeten Gäste der Kleist-Festtage aus Frankfurts Partnerstadt Heilbronn die ersten Euros für eine Neuanfertigung der Bronzereliefs. Viele Frankfurter folgten, das Spenden-Konto des Kleist-Museums füllt sich inzwischen. Und so rang sich jetzt schließlich auch die Stadtverwaltung dazu durch, die Metalltafeln erneuern zu lassen. Glücklicherweise hatte Frankfurt auf Empfehlung des Restaurators, der das Denkmal vor wenigen Jahren sanierte, Gipsabdrücke der Reliefs anfertigen lassen, die nun als Vorlage für den Guss der Repliken dienen können.
Zu den bekennenden Spendern gehört auch ein Polizist, der gleichzeitig die Gründung eines Vereins für den Erhalt und Schutz von Frankfurts Kunstwerken im öffentlichen Raum anregte. Denn unübersehbar hat die Stadt ein Problem mit dem Vandalismus. Wohin man auch schaut – das Stadtbild ist geprägt von Figuren, denen der Arm abgesägt wurde, Skulpturen aus Bronze oder Stein, die mit Farbe beschmiert wurden, und leeren Sockeln, die davon zeugen, dass an dieser Stelle Kunstwerke verschwunden sind. Selbst vor den Styropor-Hähnen, die als Frankfurter Wappentier an öffentlichen Plätzen für die Stadt werben sollten, machten Randalierer nicht halt: Sie droschen so lange auf die Figuren ein, bis sie kaputt gingen.
So gibt es laut Drömert im Rathaus bereits Überlegungen, die Kunstwerke dauerhaft in einem Depot einzulagern. Er will jedoch vor Zerstörungswütigen nicht kapitulieren. “Öffentliche Kunst sollte öffentlich bleiben”, sagt er. “Es kann nicht sein, dass eine barbarische Minderheit uns zwingt, Kunst wegzuschließen”, meint auch Frankfurts Bürgermeisterin Katja Wolle. Der aktuelle Diebstahl wird nun zum Anlass genommen, um eine Kampagne gegen Vandalismus zu starten. Bei der “Aktion Schandfleck” werden beschädigte Kunstwerke mit Hinweistafeln gekennzeichnet, um die Bürger zu mehr Aufmerksamkeit zu animieren. Laut Drömert soll das Kleist-Denkmal nach der Reparatur besser gesichert werden: Mit einem Rundweg um die Skulptur, Halogenstrahlern in der Nacht und einer Videoüberwachung.
Weitere Berichte aus Brandenburg: www.morgenpost.de/brandenburg

October 24th, 2008

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From: Obien, Rodney G. [mailto:robien@WPI.EDU]
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 6:19 AM
To: museum-security@museum-security.org


Subject: RE: Question – Posting Lost/Stolen Cultural Artifact 
On March 7, 2008, 22:05 pm (10:00pm), a black courier bag containing four diaries by the noted John Deere engineer Theo Brown was stolen.

The incident took place outside the bus terminal of South Station, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The diaries, dated 1916, 1922, 1939, and 1943, were leather-bound.

Each volume was enclosed in gray boxes distinctly labelled “MS 2 Theo Brown Diaries”.

The diaries contain unique photographs and technical drawings of John Deere tractors and agricultural machinery as well as notes and illustrations relating to Brown’s family life and current events. 

Please contact the University Archives & Special Collections, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, if you might have any information on these diaries.

The WPI Archives can be reached at 508.831.6612 or archives@wpi.edu. 

Thank you- 

Rodney G. Obien

Curator of Special Collections & ArchivesGeorge C. Gordon Library

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

March 22nd, 2008

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MAASTRICHT—There was plenty of excitement at TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) as 9,300 VIP guests tramped through the 227 stands during the Thursday preview, sipping champagne and consuming endless trays of canapés. (more…)

March 8th, 2008

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