Renaissance Painting Returned to Italy
MANHATTAN (CN) – The United States is returning to Italy a Renaissance painting that was brought into the country with falsified Customs documents. The painting, “Leda and the Swan,” by 16th-century artist Lelio Orsi, shows the Greek god Zeus, as a swan, seducing the mortal Leda.
The 17-by-12-inch oil on copper painting was brought to the United States after being sold to someone who filled out false Customs documents claiming that it came from Great Britain, according to the federal complaint. It was then sold at Sotheby’s for $1 million.
The forfeiture action resulted from an Italian criminal investigation. Italian authorities routinely investigate important artworks that are exported from the country.
via Courthouse News Service.