13:08 Jun. 15, 2016
Kyiv exhibits 17 old paintings stolen in Italy and found in Ukraine
Kyiv's Khanenko Art National Museum exhibits a collection of 17 ancient paintings stolen from Castelvecchio Museum in Verona and discovered by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies.
The exhibition is titled Saved Italy's Treasures.
"It's 17 paintings, which were stolen from Verona's Museum in November last year and found by Ukrainian police in early May of this year", said the statement.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko attended the opening ceremony and said that this is "an outstanding exhibition which displays 17 canvases by world-renowned artists including Rubens, Tintoretto, Pisanello, Mantegna, Caroto. They are the treasure of a unique museum in Verona."
According to the President, the Ukrainian community will have an opportunity to get acquainted with "these great works of art" for the first time ever.
17 precious paintings by old masters, worth from EUR 15 million to EUR 20 million, were stolen from Castelvecchio Museum in Verona in November 19, 2015. In late April, the media reported that law enforcement officers tracked the thieves and stolen paintings down in Odesa. Moldovan citizens were suspected of stealing the items.
Mayor of Verona Flavio Tosi earlier claimed that Ukrainians will get free access to all the museums in Verona by the end of 2016, in token of gratitude.
Ukrainians can enjoy the exhibition for a week before the paintings are transported back to Italy.