Suits of armour stolen from the Louvre 40 years ago have been returned
On March 3rd, 2021, unique items from the Renaissance period discovered by a vigilant expert on antique weaponry were returned to the Louvre.
|Foto: Suits of armour stolen from the Louvre 40 years ago have been returned
Source: Thomas Samson / AFP
In the middle of September 2020, two fragments of an antique suit of armour, a helmet, and a rear part (covering the top part of the back) were brought to a French expert on antique weaponry for an appraisal. The items aroused the expert's suspicion and he contacted the French police's central office for combatting illicit trafficking of cultural property.
After checking for the items in the Treima stolen cultural artefacts database (the French national database that contains information on over 100K vanished items), it was determined that these suits of armour were likely made in a workshop in Milan in the years 1560-1580 and were stolen from the Louvre on May 31st, 1983 under unexplained circumstances.
The fact that subsequent to the theft the items were not separated and removed from France is regarded by museum employees as very fortunate.
Evgeniy Saunin, 04 March 2021, 21:30