Sunday, Feb 28, 2021

Italy returns stolen Banksy to France

Italy returns stolen Banksy to France

Italy officially returns to France on Tuesday for a work attributed to Banksy, a tribute to the victims of the November 2015 attacks in Paris, stolen in 2019 and recently found on a farm near Rome.
The painting, done on a metal door, representing a sad girl, will be exhibited at the Farnese Palace in Rome, which houses the French embassy in Italy. The date and conditions of her return to France were not yet disclosed.

According to the Italian agency Agi, the painting could find a place at Unesco headquarters in Paris, information not yet confirmed by the agency.

The work of the well-known British artist Banksy, one of the most sought-after in the world today, was painted 2018 in one of the emergency exits of the Bataclan performance hall, where many of the spectators of the Eagles of Death Metal concert they escaped during the terrorist attack.

The work is a tribute to the place where 90 people died on November 13, 2015, in the framework of a series of jihadist attacks that affected the French capital and the suburb of Saint-Denis.

The robbers of the painting, hooded, cut the door where it was painted the night of January 25 to 26, 2019, according to video surveillance cameras.

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