A 450-year-old painting by Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder has been stolen from a Lutheran church in the southern Norway town of Larvik, police said Sunday.
Art expert Gunnar Krogh-Hansen estimated “Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me” could be worth 15-20 million kroner ($2.1-$2.8 million). It was probably painted around 1540.
The theft was discovered when firefighters responded to an alarm at the church around 1:30 am (0030 GMT) Sunday, and found a broken window and a ladder outside.
I guess such theft doesn’t just affect Catholic churches.