Italy foils art thieves by swapping Brueghel painting for a fake

The genuine Crucifixion, painted by Pieter Brueghel the Younger in the 17th century and worth an estimated €3 million, remains safe and sound in Castelnuovo Magra, a small town in Liguria near Italy’s north-west coast, despite an attempt to steal it on Wednesday morning.

Thieves used a hammer to break into the display case in the local church of Santa Maria Maddalena, making off with what they assumed to be the valuable artwork.

But unbeknownst to them, carabinieri had discreetly removed the original for safekeeping over…
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