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Warsaw. The drawing “Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary” by Melchior Steidel was entered into the register of monuments. It comes from the baroque

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The drawing “Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary” from 1704 by Melchior Steidel was entered into the register of monuments. In 2005, it was stolen from a private collection and brought to the United States. The drawing was recovered in cooperation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The history of drawing can be a script for a sensational movie. The work was stolen in 2005 in Warsaw and registered on the national list of monuments stolen or illegally exported abroad. This allowed it to be found in the United States.

Cooperation with the FBI

The national law enforcement authorities involved in the case determined that the drawing was probably taken to Germany shortly after the theft. Then it hit the international art market. In 2010, it was purchased for the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The conservator said that the drawing was recovered thanks to the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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The ceremonial presentation of the work (as one of a number recovered in the restitution process by the Polish side) took place on October 1, 2023 at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York. On November 6, it was handed over to its rightful owner.

“A unique testimony of sacred baroque art”

– The drawing has outstanding artistic, historical and scientific values ​​as the work of the Baroque master Melchior Steidel. It presents high artistic value, especially in terms of composition and art. It is an example of a drawing from the beginning of the 18th century (1704). It is a unique material testimony of sacred Baroque art – emphasized Prof. Jakub Lewicki, Masovian Voivodeship Conservator of Monuments.

He added that the work also has scientific value, providing the opportunity to deepen the study of the technique and iconography of Baroque painting, as well as to trace the creative process, an element of which were design sketches. – The scientific and historical value of the work is also related to the work and individual style of the outstanding artist Melchior Steidel – he noted.

He painted frescoes in Munich and Augsburg

Melchior Steidl (1657-1727) was a German painter. He painted frescoes in Lower and Upper Austria, including: in the Benedictine monasteries in Kremsmuenster (1696) and Lambach (1698-99). He then moved to Bavaria, where he worked in the Carmelite church in Straubing in 1702 and in the cathedral in Regensburg in 1704. Steidl painted frescoes in Munich and Augsburg, being one of the most important representatives of the local painting school.

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