PALERMO, ITALY - 30 MAY 2018: Bernardo Tortorici di Raffadali, President of the "Amici dei Musei Siciliani" association, poses for a portrait by a reproduction of Caravaggio's "Nativity", 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.