PALERMO, ITALY - 30 MAY 2018: A reproduction of Caravaggio's "Nativity" is seen here in the Oratory of San Lorenzo, in Palermo, Italy, on May 30th 2018.
In October 1969 thieves broke into the Oratory of San Lorenzo, a small chapel in Palermo’s then dilapidated Kalsa quarter, and made off with one of the city’s artistic masterpieces: Caravaggio’s “Nativity” altarpiece.
Nearly 50 years after it was stolen, possible evidence suggests that Caravaggio Nativity may have been cut up and sold, according to Gaetano Grado, a Mafia. turncoat. The Antimafia Commission checked out on various fronts Mr. Grado's accounts, and Rosy Bindi, the president of the Antimafia Commission, presented the findings of the commission — published in May — at the Oratory where the Nativity once hung.