Stamford church members plead for the return of missing century-old painting

The painting is 6 feet by 4 feet and more than a century old, and for the past five years it was in the loft of Sacred Heart Church.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2021, 11:55 PM

Updated 1,001 days ago

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Members of a church and social club in Stamford are trying to figure out the whereabouts of a missing painting.
The painting is 6 feet by 4 feet and more than a century old, and for the past five years it was in the loft of Sacred Heart Church.
The painting that features a Madonna and a shepherd girl in the mountains of Italy is known as "Our Lady of Canneto."
Over the decades, it belonged to a local social club, and it was kept at members' houses. They would bring the painting to outdoor masses in upstate New York.
Then about five years ago, it was moved to the church where it was being stored in the loft.
It was not until recently when it came time for an Italian Mass service over the weekend that church members realized that the painting was missing.
The church filed a police report, but members hope the painting was not stolen.
The painting, which could be worth $200,000 or more, is in need of restoration, and they hope whoever may have it in their possession will return it.
Anyone with any information on the painting's whereabouts is asked to call Stamford police.


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