Stolen Painting of Christ Crucified Recovered in Belgium after 38 Years

Source: FSSPX News

"Christ on the Cross" by Maarten de Vos (1532-1603).

A painting by the Flemish artist Maarten de Vos, stolen in 1980 from the St. Waltrude Collegiate Church in Mons, has been returned to the burgomaster of Mons, Elio Di Rupo, by the Italian authorities in Rome.

The precious painting, over 5-1/2 feet high and 4 feet wide, depicts Christ on the cross, and was most likely painted in a workshop of 17th-century Flemish artists.

On the night of Tuesday, July 1 to Wednesday, July 2, 1980, between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m., 14 paintings and seven tapestries were stolen from the St. Waltrude Collegiate Church. The police were unable to find the priceless loot.

Only one canvas painting of “Christ of Pity” attributed to Martin de Vos around 1600 was found in 1986.

The painting of Christ Crucified was found in Italy on August 30, 2017. It will soon return to Mons. The frame left behind by the thieves in 1980 is ready to receive the painting once again.

Maarten de Vos (1532-1603) was a Catholic Flemish painter who after a stay in Italy adopted a style clearly influenced by the Venetian and Mannerist schools. After the iconoclastic destructions inspired by the Protestant Reformation, the painter redecorated many of his country’s churches.