ルネサンスの絵画が不法に売却されるところだったという記事です。 theartnewspaper.comから画像と文、そして試訳です。


Lost painting attributed to Leonardo seized from Swiss bank vault


The portrait of Isabella d’Este, which Italian police have been trying to track down for over a year, was about to be sold for €120m


By Ermanno Rivetti. Web only Published online: 10 February 2015 2015年2月10日


Image: theguardian.com ルガノ銀行金庫で発見された絵画

Swiss federal police, working with the Italian Carabinieri and financial police, have seized a long-lost painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci from the bank vault of a Lugano-based trust. The portrait of Isabella d’Este, the marchesa of Mantua and a leading patron of the Italian Renaissance, was due to be sold privately for €120m.


“We cannot release the names of any of those involved, nor that of the trust, because investigations are still ongoing,” says Antonino Raimondo, a colonel from the Pesaro financial police unit in the Marche region, where the investigation began, “but it has been a very timely operation thanks to the speed of response from the Swiss authorities. We recovered the work just in time: the transaction was in its final stages.”


The Italian authorities believe the work was illegally exported from Italy, although it is unclear when exactly. Italy has strict laws preventing the export of works of art more than 50 years old. It is being held by Swiss authorities and is due to be returned to Italy once its ownership is established.


The painting, missing for almost a year, was rediscovered by a stroke of luck. It was first discovered in August 2013, when Italy’s financial police received a tip-off that an unnamed lawyer in Pesaro was asked to sell the work for €95m. But when the police tried to recover it from the Swiss bank where it was being held, it had been moved and could not be traced. By coincidence, last summer, an insurance fraud investigation lead the authorities to learn further details about the painting, and it was tracked down to another bank vault in Lugano.


The work’s recovery will likely reignite the debate over its authenticity. The only other known portrait of Isabella d’Este is an almost identical sketch by Leonardo that now hangs in the Louvre, but scholars were never sure if a painted version existed. Isabella, the wife of Francesco Gonzaga II of Mantua, commissioned works by some of Italy’s greatest artists, including Titian, Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo Da Vinci.