Antiques Dealer Sent to Jail for Stealing Cathedral Painting

artnet News | Sarah Cascone:

It’s nine months behind bars for a 61-year-old Latvian antiques dealer named Vasilijs Apilats. He was found guilty of stealing a 19th-century Greek painting, The Raising of Lazarus, from the Chester Cathedral in Cheshire, England, in 2014, reports the Guardian.

Police traced the painting to Apilats, an artist, collector, and art restorer, when they found his DNA on the easel where the artwork had been displayed prior to the theft. The icon was recovered amid dozens of other religious artifacts in the antiques dealer’s Cheshire home… Read more

Image: The interior of Chester Catherdral. Courtesy of Michael Beckwith and Chester Catherdral, via Wikimedia Commons and Flickr Creative Commons