Stolen Guercino Altarpiece Worth $6 Million Found in Morocco

A collector notified police after illicit dealers attempted to sell him the painting in Casablanca.

A painting that was stolen from a church in Modena in 2014 is now on its way back home, after a savvy collector in Casablanca recognized the work.

The Art Newspaper reports that three men have been arrested after attempting to sell the 1639 altarpiece Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory the Wonderworker, belonging to the Church of San Vincenzo.

The Italian and Moroccan governments are now negotiating the return of the ten-by-six foot painting, which the illicit dealers were attempting to sell for 10 million dirham, around $993,000.

However, AFP reports the painting could actually be worth a much higher sum: art historians have valued the work at between €5 million and €6 million, around $5.3 million to $6.3 million.


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