Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting recovered

Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Norwegian police say they have found the Renaissance painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which was stolen from a Lutheran church in Larvik on March 8.

The painting “Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me” could be worth 15-20 million kroner ($2.1-$2.8 million) and was snatched in a pre-dawn break-in Sunday.

The painting was probably painted around 1540 and had hung in the church in the southern town of Larvik for about 330 years.

A police statement says a 50-year-old man was detained Wednesday on suspicion of being an accomplice in the theft. He led the police to a car, where the painting was found. Police do not know if the paining has any damage.

Cranach lived from 1472 until 1553, and is considered an important German Renaissance painter.

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