Bolivia recovers two paintings stolen from church

| September 19, 2011

Two stolen 17th Century paintings have been returned to Bolivia.

The colonial religious portraits were taken from the Church of San Andres de Machaca in La Paz in 1997.

A Washington dealer handling the paintings for an American collector asked the London-based Art Loss Register to search its database of stolen art in May 2011.

Experts working for the Register were able to identify the paintings as those stolen from the church.

The portraits, Saint Rose of Viterbo and Saint Augustin, were among more than 100 religious artefacts stolen from the church, which is a national monument, at the same time.

The theft was reported by the Bolivian Ministry of Culture to Interpol.

It was recorded on the Art Loss Register's international database of stolen, missing and looted artwork.

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