Italian Police Recover Titian Painting Missing for Almost 20 Years

  • May 24, 2022 21:44

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Italy's Cultural Heritage Protection Unit found this Titian portrait missing for almost two decades.

A missing 16th-century painting by Renaissance master Titian has been found by a specialized art crimes unit of Italy's Carabinieri. Dating from 1512, the portrait bust has now been returned to the Italian state.

Gentiluomo con berretto nero (Portrait of a Man with a Beret) is valued at about $7 million, and its been missing since 2004. Details of the work's ownership and history were not immediately given. A tip led the Turin branch of Italy's Cultural Heritage Protection Unit to a restoration studio in the Asti area of Piedmont, in northwestern Italy, where the piece was confiscated and later restituted in a May 19 ceremony. Two Swiss citizens are currently under investigation, according to reports.

Not everyone agrees that the recovered work is by Titian. Renaissance art scholar Andrea Donati wrote in a statement that the attribution is  “sensationally wrong."

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