Italian Art Squad Recovers Masterpiece

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"Senigallia Madonna" (MFA)
"Senigallia Madonna" (MFA)

The unsolved mystery surrounding the theft of priceless paintings from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has captivated art lovers — and frustrated the FBI — for decades.

But sometimes stolen art does get recovered.

Today, one famous example is unveiled at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Thieves burgled "Senigallia Madonna," a Renaissance masterpiece, in the 1970s, but it was rescued by an Italian police force known as the Art Squad.

WBUR's Andrea Shea met with the squad's deputy director at the MFA.

Click the image at right to enlarge the painting.

This segment aired on September 13, 2013.


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