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Week of May 26, 2008
Crucifixion painting mysteriously found
Robert Baily's art turns up at museum after being missing for five weeks
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"UPS never called us, they never told us it was missing."
- Michelle Bailey
"We don't know what happened," she said May 21. "What is so confusing about this is UPS never called us, they never told us it was missing."
The National Museum of Catholic Art borrowed Forgive Them, a 54x28-inch oil painting depicting the crucifixion, for Pope Benedict's visit to New York last month. The Baileys packed it in a wooden crate and shipped it via UPS on a three-day delivery schedule.
The couple only learned the painting had not reached its destination when the museum contacted Michelle in early May asking where it was.
She has been trying to trace the painting ever since.
Michelle expects the museum to display the painting for a few weeks.
"After all of this they better darn well hang it on the wall," she laughed.
Forgive Them was Bailey's first religious painting. He has spent most of his career painting scenes from the Second World War and portraits of women, and then selling them as limited edition prints worldwide.
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