The Italian judiciary is investigating the mysterious loss of dozens of artworks from the collections of the Italian public television network, RAI, according to press information published today, Friday.
Italian media reported the loss of at least 120 works, including paintings, sculptures, lithographs and textiles, including pieces signed by major artists such as Amadeo Modigliani, Cami Corro, Claude Monet and Giorgio de Chirico.
After being notified of the matter by the management of Rai channels, the Public Prosecution Office in Rome and the gendarmerie specializing in the protection of cultural heritage opened an investigation into the matter in March.
The Italian press circulated the news widely, noting that several companies affiliated with the “Ray” network in various Italian territories were concerned with the file, and other judicial tracks were opened in the north and south of the country.
The case was revealed following the discovery of a copy of the “Arquititura” by the Florentine impressionist painter Otona Rosai. The original painting was stolen and replaced with a copy in the seventies of the twentieth century, then sold by an employee whose identity has been established, but the act he committed has been extinguished with the passage of time.
The director of artistic heritage for “Ray” channels, Nicolas Cenizi, ruled out the hypothesis of “random” disappearances, even if some pieces were simply lost. “We are facing a series of disappearances that seem to be targeted,” he told La Repubblica newspaper.
The groups affiliated with the “Ray” network include 1,500 works, with a total estimated value of 100 million euros, according to the newspapers “Il Messaggero” and “La Repubblica”. This scandal has great hesitations, especially because the works were collected from the revenues of the TV viewing tax.
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