(ANSA) – AOSTA, MAY 27 – There are two suspects for receiving stolen goods by the Aosta prosecutor after the seizure of a painting by Antonio Ligabue, which was stolen in 1991 in a villa in Boretto (Reggio Emilia) and with an estimated value of 250-300 thousand euros. ‘Self-portrait with scarecrow’ was noted in an exhibition at the Forte di Bard – a museum that the Aosta prosecutor considers an injured party – last January by the 80-year-old Emilian, now living in Milan, who was stolen 31 years ago together with the his family and who has never stopped looking for the work ever since.
The suspects are the curator of the exhibition, Alessandro (known as Sandro) Parmiggiani, aged 75, from Reggio Emilia, and the gallery owner Patrizia Lodi (67) from Sala Baganza (Parma). According to the prosecutor, Parmiggiani, one of the leading experts of the artist who died 57 years ago in Gualtieri, had the work from the gallery owner, organizing the exhibition ‘Antonio Ligabue and his world’ and selling it at the Forte di Bard; Lodi, on the other hand, would not have ascertained the provenance of the painting.
After the notification to the Carabinieri of the Nucleo for the protection of the cultural heritage of Monza, the seizure was triggered with the opening of the file in Aosta by the prosecutor Giovanni Roteglia. The Pinacoteca di Brera has ascertained that the painting on display is actually the one stolen in ’91. (HANDLE).
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