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« on: September 26, 2008, 01:07:55 pm »









                                                      Stolen Renoir recovered



                                                  Art cops tipped off by top critic






 (ANSA) -
Rome,
September 26 - 2008

Italian art police have recovered a painting by Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir stolen from a private collection in Milan in 1975.

The owner of an art gallery in Riccione and two suspected accomplices were arrested after they contacted prominent art critic Vittorio Sgarbi for an appraisal.

Sgarbi suspected the painting might have been stolen and called the police.

The small oil painting of a naked woman with her back to the viewer has a reported commercial value of some 500,000 euros ($730,000).

It is a late Renoir which is not listed in the artist's official catalogue.

Police said the painting was stolen from a Milanese family after the owner, who has since died, took it to a laboratory to be restored.

The owner's daughter recognised it from the mark of a ball she accidentally hit it with in the early 1970s.

Police said it would probably be returned to the family.

Sgarbi was also asked for his opinion on a second Impressionist painting, which turned out to be a forgery of a work by Eduard Manet.

The fake Manet will be confiscated, police said.
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