Art: Missing in Kentucky

The people of Bardstown (pop. 4,135), Ky. were shocked and angry at the meanness of man. On a dark night last week, thieves broke into 133-year-old St. Joseph's Cathedral, oldest Roman Catholic cathedral west of the Alleghenies, and made off with some of the art treasures inside. Among the nine paintings stolen: The Flaying of St. Bartholomew, attributed to Rubens, The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin, attributed to Murillo, and The Descent of the Holy Ghost, attributed to one of the Van Eyck brothers.

All Bardstown knew their legendary history: in 1798, while living in Havana, Father Benedict Joseph Flaget, future...

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