Vincenzo Scuderi died at the age of 100 in his home in Palermo, a life for art

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By John

He celebrated his hundredth birthday in a room of the Abatellis museum. She still had the clarity to remember the time spent for the protection, recovery and valorization of art. At almost 101 years old (which he would have turned on February 16) Vincenzo Scuderi died in his home in Palermo. He was the longest witness of a long journey through beauty. Born in Trapani in 1923, he graduated in literature in Palermo in 1946, with a thesis on art history. In 1965 he graduated from the School of Specialization in Art History at the University of Rome. In 1947 he was assigned to the Pepoli museum in Trapani of which he was appointed director in 1960. In 1965 he was appointed head of the Superintendence of galleries and works of art in western Sicily, and therefore superintendent of until 1988. During his activity he occupied above all with the recovery of lost or stolen works of art in the Belice area devastated by the 1968 earthquake. It is a commitment that Scuderi continued to undertake until the end. The only wound, which he greatly regretted, was the theft of Caravaggio’s Nativity in the oratory of San Lorenzo in 1969. At that time it was the Curia that had the task of safeguarding the works. The theft, as it was later ascertained, had been commissioned by the mafia who had ruined and destroyed the masterpiece.