Art: Thief! Thief!

"The saint wears a brightly colored mantle. The painting . .. was torn from the wall of a gallery between three and three-fifteen this afternoon. . . . The matter is in the hands of the Police Department."

With this official statement Manhattan's vast Metropolitan Museum last week locked the barn door after the theft of a small but valuable ($3,000 to $5,000) picture. Stolen from the Metropolitan's walls was an 11½ by 8⅜ in. tempera painting of St. Thomas the Apostle, attributed by experts to Simone Martini, a 14th-Century Italian painter of the...

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