A LARGE painting by a Chichester artist has been stolen in Italy.
Renowned artist Richard Whincop is in the seventh week of an eight-week painting project in Cosenza, the historic coastal town.
Richard’s is currently working on his last painting with his first three works mounted on walls of buildings in the old city.
“Yesterday one of them was stolen,” a shocked Richard said.
“It must have been a very organised theft because the picture is a heavy fibreglass and plaster panel, 3x2 metres in size that was bolted onto the wall three metres above ground level.
“It happened between 12.30pm and 1.15pm.
“The police are searching for it and it looks set to be featured in the Italian media.”
Richard is part of a project which sees five figurative artists each painting five pictures, which will collectively tell the story of the city of Cosenza.
The stolen painting depicted the historic siege of Cosenza and was stolen only two hours after being bolted to the city wall.
Through their paintings each of the artists are representing the various powers that ruled Southern Italy at different times.
Each represents the artist’s country of origin, with Richard’s depicting the Normans.
The paintings will complement and make reference to the city’s architectural legacy - including a medieval hilltop castle and a fine cathedral.