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Another art theft in Italy

Three 15th-century panels were stolen from the Castello Sforzesco in Milan

A security guard noticed the panels were missing during opening hours on Saturday afternoon

Less than two weeks after the theft of a large Guercino painting from a church in Modena, three small 15th-century panel paintings have been stolen from the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.

The works, male busts in profile by an anonymous regional artist, were on display in the art museum housed in the 15th-century fortress, the historic residence of the Duchy of Milan. A security guard noticed they were missing during opening hours on Saturday afternoon.

The panels were installed in the only gallery without surveillance cameras, the museum director, Francesca Tasso, told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. While the theft seems to have been planned, the works are of relatively low value, she said. Part of a series of 32 donated to the city’s art collection in the late 19th century, they could each fetch an estimated €5,000 on the market, La Repubblica reports.

The castle is considering measures to increase security, including the installation of more cameras and a cloakroom where visitors will be required to check larger bags, Tasso said. A local branch of the Italian police’s art crime unit is investigating the case.

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