Police have recovered a 450-year-old Renaissance painting days after it was stolen from a church in southern Norway, and detained a suspect on preliminary charges of theft, an inspector said Wednesday.
The painting "Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me" - created around 1540 by Lucas Cranach the Elder - was snatched before dawn Sunday from the Lutheran Church in the town of Larvik, where it is believed to have hung for about 330 years.
The painting was found in a van in southeastern Norway, and is being examined by forensic experts, police said.
Police arrested a man in his 50s on preliminary charges of theft, but they did not identify him by name.
Cranach lived from 1472 until 1553, and is considered an important German Renaissance painter.