Thursday, October 4, 2007

Top Ten List

From the Associated Press, an hour ago:

"LONDON - Detectives on Thursday recovered a Leonardo da Vinci painting that was stolen from a Scottish castle in a daring daylight raid four years ago.Officers raided an address in Glasgow and seized "Madonna with the Yarnwinder," Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway police said. Three men from England and one man from Scotland were arrested. The painting appeared on the FBI's 10 most-wanted list of stolen art and on the Art Loss Register's list of stolen masterpieces, where it was valued at $65 million."

I note this only because I think it's hilarious that the FBI have a wanted list for artworks. Here it is, by the way, as of November '05, when it was first created by the bureau:

The top 10

1. 7,000-10,000 Iraqi artifacts looted and stolen in 2003
2. 12 paintings stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
3. 2 Renoirs and 1 Rembrandt stolen from Sweden's National Museum in 2000 (Recovered)
4. Munch's "The Scream" and "The Madonna" taken in 2004 from the Munch Museum in Oslo
5. Benevenuto Cellini's "Salt Cellar" stolen from Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum in 2003
6. Caravaggio's "Nativity with San Lorenzo" and "San Francesco" from Palermo taken in 1969
7. A "Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius" violin stolen from a New York apartment in 1995
8. Two Van Gogh paintings taken from Amsterdam's Vincent Van Gogh Museum in 2002
9. Cezanne's "View of Auvers-sur-Oise" stolen from Oxford's Ashmolean Museum in 1999
10. Da Vinci's "Madonna of the Yarnwinder" taken from Scotland's Drumlanrig Castle in 2003

Maybe the list was created to save face after invading Iraq and not taking any precautions to prevent the widespread looting of important cultural artifacts?

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