Italian Minister of Culture, Vittorio Sgarbi under Investigation for Stolen Paintings

The renowned art critic, Vittorio Sgarbi who is currently a Junior Minister of Culture in Italy was involved in an art exhibition in 2021 where stolen arts were auctioned.

In 2013, ‘The Capture of Saint Peter’ had been reported to be missing. Find out more about Minister Vittorio Sgbari.


Who is Vittorio Sgarbri?

Born on May 8, 1952, Vittorio Antonio Sgarbi is a known art critic, historian, author, politician, writer, cultural analyst, and TV personality from Italy.

He is currently the Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum of Trento and Rovento. Minister Sgarbi served as the Italian Pavilion’s curator for Venice Biennale in 2011.

Sgarbi was seen by the Mayor as unfit for the position of a Cabinet member for Culture, Arts, and Sports in the municipal administration of Milan, the capital of Italy after serving for exactly six months with the Italian Government.

The Department of Interior Affairs dismissed him from office as the Mayor of Salemi in 2012 since he declined to admit Mafia involvement in his cabinet.


The Stolen Paintings

In 2013, “The Capture of Saint Peter” paintings by Rutilio di Lorenzo went missing and it triggered a massive 10-year-long search for the €200,000 high-priced artwork.

In 2021, Sgarbi, a well-known art critic, submitted a nearly identical painting with a different name to an art exhibition, catching the eye of Italian journalists who published an exposé in December.

Vittirio Sgarbi, junior minister of culture in Italy, a TV personality, and a known critic submitted an art that was closely identical to ‘The Capture of Saint Peter’ for an art exhibition and it attracted the Italian press which was published thereafter.

On the 12th of January 2024 the ‘The Capture of Saint Peter’ was taken for proper investigation and analysis as Vittirio Sgabri was invited for questioning by the law enforcement agency.

Vittirio said “I have no fears, I am ready to defend myself and I’ll prove my innocence to the public’. Opposition politicians from other political parties have requested Minister Vittirio Sgarbi’s sack.