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600 works of art stolen from America returned to Italy

600 works of art stolen from America returned to Italy

Cultural assets and artworks from the 9th century BC to 3rd century AD paintings of Christ and 17th century paintings have been returned to Italy from the Americas. About 600 works of art were presented to the media in Rome on Tuesday.

Greek statues, helmets, bronze sculptures, amphorae, mosaics and jewelry: works of art were often stolen during illegal excavations in central and southern Italy. The TPC, the Carabinieri division in Rome that specializes in art theft, said items were also stolen from churches, museums and private collections.

The Carabinieri discovered the materials in collaboration with Italian judicial authorities and with the support of the New York District Attorney's Office and US Homeland Security investigations. They researched together and have now brought the products to Italy.

“This return is a significant success, not only because of the number and value of the works, but also because they are concrete evidence of the strength of the collaboration between Italy and the United States,” commented Italian Foreign Secretary for Culture Gianmarco Massi.