Art: Quis Custodief?

The sight that greeted the curators of Milan's Gallery of Modern Art one morning last week looked like another ho-hum piece of conceptual art: 28 picture frames lying flat on the parquet floor. In fact, it was another Italian spe cialita della casa—art theft. In the hours before dawn, thieves had broken in through a window and spirited off about $2.3 million worth of paintings left to the museum in 1956 by Sicilian Industrialist Carlo Grassi. The haul included a Cezanne, a Bonnard, a Renoir, a Vuillard, a Van Gogh, a Gauguin, a Millet...

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