Speaking at the opening of the Florence Antique Fair, Prime Minister Emilio Colombo tough new measures to combat Italy's epidemic of art thefts.
Speaking at the opening of the Florence Antique Fair, Prime Minister Emilio Colombo tough new measures to combat Italy's epidemic of art thefts. Earlier, Padua police recovered two more important paintings in the fight against the art thieves. The theft of a Titian masterpiece and the disappearance of five renaissance masterpieces had caused the introduction of a bill providing tougher penalties fox art thieves. Prime Minister Colombo has asked regional art superindants to catalogue all the art works in public, private and church hands in Italy.
The recent art theft have increased interest and security surrounding the 7th Biennial International Antique and Art Exhibition in Florence. Opened on Saturday (18 September), the fair is due to run until 17 October. Objects on display are worth more that 6,500,000 pounds sterling and were shown at a preview on the day before the opening.
SYNOPSIS: The Seventh Biennial International Antique and Art Exhibition opened in Florence on Saturday. Among some of the exhibits of prime interest was the display of art from the Hummer Gallery in New York, including sketches and pastels by Renior. The exhibition comes at a time when Italy has been plagued by a rash of art thefts.
This painting by the impressionist artist, Monet, received special consideration.
The Madonna was the subject of at least two works, including this statue done by Silvestro Del'Acqua made in 1400, and this Paolo Veronesi painting done a century later.
One of the main points of interest is the exhibit in Collection Hall. It consists mainly of miniatures objects including antique clocks, silver figurines, sculptures, Chinese porcelain figures, small firearms and pistols which serve as lighters. The entire exhibit is worth more than six and a half million pounds sterling. The latter exhibit of speciality firemans in from Cartier of Paris.
On view for the first time are several treasures from the Florence synagogue. Among them is this ancient Hebrew manuscript -- read on the feast of Purim -- a crown in gold and silver, and other objects.