Hermitage returned stolen icon
ARTinvestment.RU   07 октября 2008

Icon of the Mother of God «Sign», missing from the fund «Russian Art» State Hermitage Museum, yesterday was returned to the museum

the morning of 6 October 2008 the Branch of new acquisitions of the Hermitage was planted parcel containing the icon of the Mother of God «Sign» zolotoshveynom in salary. Thus, of two hundred-odd pieces, whose disappearance was discovered in 2006, returned to the Hermitage 32.

The list of missing items icon of the Mother of God «Sign» refers to the number 169 ( «... in gilded silver filigree salaried and smooth silver gilt frame, with two overhead silver rim ...»). It describes in detail, including the size and weight, and the museum staff have reason «definitely» identify your exhibit.

major theft from the fund «Russian Art» was found in summer 2006. Accountability investigation was able to attract a man - Nikolai Zavadsky, whose wife worked in the department of the museum. Zavadsky pleaded guilty to theft of 77 items. He was convicted in March 2007.

In the original list had been stolen from the Hermitage exhibit 221, then the list grew to 226.

Sources: lenta.ru , hermitagemuseum.org

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