Military Veteran Issues in San Diego

San Diego Feb 23, 2016

A very carefully researched reproduction painting, detail matched for color, brush stroke technique and dimensional accuracy to close match the original Nativity scene created by Caravaggio for the Oratorio of San Lorenzo is presently unaccounted for and possibly has been missing early after the Archdiocese of Palermo received it 1986.

With the blessings and full authorization of the Archdiocese of Palermo, the Holy See and the Italian Government, this painting was commissioned and produced starting early in 1986. It was delivered to the Palermo Archdiocese in mid December 1986. It took over two years to secure permission from Italian authorities to produce the painting as a gift to the people of Palermo.

In January 1987, it was promised in a letter by the archdiocese that the new painting would be hung in place of the original Caravaggio that was stolen from over the oratorio’s altar in 1969. All documentation and authorization are in writing and photographs from the archdiocese, the Italian government and other authoritative sources such as museums and US federal authorities.

Sky Arte Broadcasting recently contracted an art consortium (Factum-Arte), for a faithful reproduction of the same Nativity scene and ceremoniously dedicated it to the Church early in December 2015.

It is believed, had Sky Broadcasting researched for the presence of another reproduction of the painting, their actions may have been quite different and possibly taken another course.

Details outlining the production, delivery and recognition to the 1986 Nativity painting’s creation are fully outlined in detail in this article. They include the correspondence between the Archbishop of Palermo, officials in the Archdiocese, the Italian Cultural arts division of the Italian embassy, the US Customs service, the Italian police and an independent Art Recovery service. Consultation with a journalist who attempted to buy the stolen Caravaggio original years before is also included.


The entire story how the painting was created
with support documents and photos


The complete story without documents


Press Release


Brief Biographic & Photo Portfolio of the Artist


The incredible resurrection painting of the
destroyed Caravaggio’s first
Matthew and the Angel

 NBC Nightly News Broadcast story about the
painting being given as a Christmas gift to the
People of Palermo, Sicily.


Reviving Lost Art
With New Technology
and Old School



Press release story;
San Diego Union Tribune

Fox5 News Broadcast

CCombat Art

Exhibition at the Timken Museum in Balboa Park uses art to portray the brutality and fatal consequenses of war. This is the opening ceremony on 26 January 2017

Please visit this remarkable exhibition. Gives a remarkable and sobering perspective to this century's familiar journals on Combat Photography.

Known as the most powerful artistic statements of the inhumanity of war and rarely seen as a group, Witness to War is a complex exhibition of more than 100 works of art, comprised of etchings and lithographs cataloguing the brutality and fatal consequences of war in a stark, confrontational and unflinching manner.

Searing images of war from the 17th century to the 20th century, Witness to War documents atrocities from the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic War to the First World War.

Witness to War: Callot, Goya, Bellows

On view January 27 - May 28, 2017


This is a stunning and most remarkable exhibition. After being invited to the review I had to reflect on what it took to capture the true essence of the horrors of war. Sketch and then commit to the various engraving process must have been a true task and commitment to the bravery in the field and passion in the studio.

It was much easier as a combat photographer like myself just to frame and click the shutter.. I could never capture the emotion conveyed with the political overtones built into the imagery reflected in these masterpieces.  See this exhibit !

-B P Baron editor

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The San Diego Union Tribune recently posted  a front page, feature story about the Spirit of '45  "Times Square Kiss Project"...... collecting 1940's photos of couples married in the 40's  as a tribute to the women and families who served  on the WWII home front. 

The article contains a wonderful  description of the Spirit of '45 campaign from 2010 and into 2020 as well as describing the 40's couples photo project that will  be useful to everyone!

Link to on-line article:   From WWII, with love |   

Photo;Link to on-line article:   From WWII, with love |   

National Events Coordinator, Linda Laurie embraces San Diego Tribute article with Walgreens representative Hayne Palmour IV a Spirit of 45 Partner.  Peter Rowe - Tribube