“Forgive Them” by artist Robert Bailey, en route to be viewed by the pope, missing.
A Picture This artist is all over the news this week after one of his paintings mysteriously vanished. The painting, which was on its way to be viewed by the pope, was heading to New York City from Robert Bailey’s home in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, but never arrived.
The Edmonton Journal spoke with Bailey, who sent his oil on canvas depiction of the Crucifixion to the National Museum of Catholic Art and History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. He explained that after spotting the painting on Bailey Art and Publishing’s website, the Museum asked to borrow the framed original. Bailey packaged the 1.5m by 0.9m painting and shipped it via UPS, arranging for it to be delivered within three days.
Bailey became aware that the painting had disappeared two weeks ago, when his wife received a phone call from the museum. UPS last scanned the package in Calgary, but there is no other record of the work, valued at $20,000. Like most other courier companies, UPS refuses to insure original art, so Bailey has posted a reward on his website, hoping for the painting’s safe return.
Picture This! framing & gallery represents Robert Bailey, and has sold many of his aviation pieces. He began drawing and painting aviation art at four years old, so has had plenty of time to perfect his craft. He is now a best selling artist whose work is collected in many countries around the world.
Two of his graphite on paper originals are featured in our Masterpieces in Miniature art show which runs until May 22nd. Bailey is also available through Picture This! to do commissions. View Robert Bailey’s bio here.
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