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The return of Tiepolo: a masterpiece, stolen 33 years ago, returned to Italy

A painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, stolen back in 1982 from a private collection in Turin (Italy), “surfaced” at the New York auction. Now it was solemnly handed over to the authorities of Italy - a significant event, and the statute of limitations only gives weight to the miraculous return.The painting “The Holy Trinity appearing to Saint Clement” by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1696–1770) is one of the many works on the religious theme of this Italian Rococo genius called the most frivolous and thoughtless of all styles in art. Why then is rococo so significant for Russian visual culture? Why does the definition of the word "Rococo" sound so exotic for our ear - "rococar"? What is the main difference between rococo and baroque, which people of little knowledge often confuse? Finally, why is rococo the direct and immediate ancestor of modern glossy culture? All of this will be discussed below. To read further, the famous master of frescoes and engravings.
After more than 30 years of hopeless searches for stolen work, in January 2014, the picture “surfaced” at Christie's auction (Old Master Painting Sale section) in New York, with an estimate of $ 500,000–700,000.

Once it was determined that this is exactly the work that was once stolen, the “source” (art dealer, and not the last in the chain of illegal movements of the picture for all these years, and therefore innocent) agreed to give the work to the FBI.

February 24 at the office of service in Manhattan held a solemn ceremony of the transfer of paintings to the Italian representatives. Further movements of the picture, most likely, will not be so widely covered - unless its owners decide to send the work to some exhibition.Another work by Tiepolo is “Pope Clement I Praying to the Trinity,” next to the picture found. The difference in the level of work is obvious, but this “returning” Tiepolo is genuine, it is simply positioned as “Etude etude - a training sketch that the artist uses to study nature. Such a recipe for the artist, where everything is simple and clear. An etude is written quickly, precisely, schematically, literally on the knee - this is a proven way to touch the world and catalog it. But the status of etude in the history of art is so unstable that sometimes it acquires a value much more than the final picture, for which he served as a help. He is surrounded by a serious wide frame - and hoisted on the museum walls. So in what case is an etude a student warm-up, and in which is an independent, lively and valuable work? Read further, written in oil "
At the same time, representatives of the Italian authorities returned another find - the Etruscan statuette stolen from the Italian museum in 1964. Read also: “Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: 10 entertaining facts about the birthday man” - we celebrate every year on March 5