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Brazen thief walks out of Rome museum with €500k sculpture under his coat

Rome’s National Gallery of Modern Art.
Rome’s National Gallery of Modern Art. Image by Haydn Blackey / CC BY-SA 2.0

A man dressed in a suit walked into Rome’s National Gallery of Modern Art and walked out unchallenged with a valuable sculpture by Italian impressionist Medardo Rosso under his jacket. The bronze sculpture entitled Bambino Malato (‘Sick Child’), which was created between 1893 and 1895, is considered one of Rosso’s masterpieces and is insured for €500,000. The robbery, which was caught on CCTV, but wasn’t noticed by staff until 4.30pm last Friday, has prompted an outcry about whether Italy’s artistic treasures are being adequately safeguarded. Read more: telegraph.co.uk