A STOLEN painting by a Chichester artist in Italy has been found by police.
As previously reported, renowned artist Richard Whincop is currently taking part in a project in Cosenza in southern Italy, where one his large works was taken from its mount on the city’s wall.
On having his painting returned, Richard said: “The painting was found last night by the Italian police, the Carabinieri, who deserve credit for finding it so quickly.
“It was discovered in an old shed not far from where it was stolen, though it is not yet clear who stole it or why.
“It had been mounted on the wall of an old building in the old quarter of Cosenza, part of the new open-air art museum that will be inaugurated on June 7.
“It was quite badly damaged but Gianluca Nava, one of Italy’s top picture restorers, has offered his time free of charge to repair the panel. I will then repaint it the damaged areas.”
The painting depicts the historic siege of Cosenza and was stolen only two hours after being bolted to the city wall.
Richard added: “The theft has been quite a big story here, with several newspaper articles.
“Many people in Cosenza feel ashamed the theft happened, but I think that locals now feel very protective of the pictures and want to watch out for them. It has also helped to raise awareness of the aim of the project, which is trying to rejuvenate the crumbling old medieval quarter.”
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