Ottavio Leoni, "Portrait of Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio" (c. 1621). Biblioteca Marucelliana, Florence
From the moment of disappearance, the fate of the artwork remained a mystery. Investigators who knew that not a single crime in Palermo then occurred without the knowledge of the mafia were looking for clues in the first place with the gangsters-defectors. For many years, they told one story more terrible than another. One reported that “Christmas” burned down, another - that eaten by mice or pigs, the third - that it was hidden and presented only at a meeting of mafia bosses, and the fourth one said that the picture was used as a bedside rug.
Based on The Local. Main illustration: the opening of the reproduction of the “Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence” in 2015; photo - hotsta.net