Morocco gives masterpiece back to Italy (video)

Morocco has returned to Italy the masterpiece by the Italian painter Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Le Guerchin.

This masterpiece, valued at between five and six million, was in August 2014 from the St. Vincent Church in Modena, Italy stolen and eventually found in Morocco.

The painting from the 16th century, entitled ' the Virgin, Saint John the Evangelist and Gregory the Thaumaturge ', was found in Casablanca in February this year.

Three suspects were arrested after attempting to sell the masterpiece to a wealthy Moroccan entrepreneur in Casablanca for a amount of 940,000 euros. The entrepreneur contacted the authorities when he recognized.

The alleged perpetrator of the theft from the Church, of Moroccan origin, is arrested in Italy and will be extradited to Morocco.

The painting was Saturday handed over to the Italian Ambassador in Morocco, Roberto Natali, by the police of the Casablanca Prefecture.

The Italian Ambassador expressed his great thanks to the Moroccan authorities and emphasized the great cultural value of the restored painting.

The distribution ceremony of the painting in the picture:

[video = youtube; EpN9J3Akhjc] https://www.youtube.com/watch? v = EpN9J3Akhjc [/video]



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