Artwork for The Professor: Hunting for the Mafia's Missing Masterpiece

The Professor: Hunting for the Mafia's Missing Masterpiece


William Veres is in trouble. In 2018 he was arrested following the largest ever investigation by the Italian police’s art squad. They accuse him of running a pan-European art-smuggling ring with ties to the Sicilian mafia. He is alleged to have stolen $40 million worth of art and antiquities from Italy. Charged with 14 counts, including money laundering, forgery, wire fraud and conspiracy, he face... more

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Veres receives some photographs of parts of the Caravaggio canvas. He follows the lead to a source in Belgium, who is close to the Sicilian mafia. The source provides crucial new information about what happened to the painting. And it points to one m... more

4 months ago

Veres gets word that the mafia are willing to talk about returning stolen art. He meets a group of middlemen in Naples, who tell him there’s a canvas on offer. As Veres negotiates the return of the painting, we begin to doubt Veres and Brand’s accoun... more

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Veres goes to Belgium to meet a contact who he believes can help him obtain vital information about the Caravaggio painting. The contact agrees to act as Veres’s go-between, connecting Veres with senior figures in the mafia hierarchy. Meanwhile, host... more

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4.7 out of 5 stars from 705 ratings
  • The Professor: Brilliantly paced and well narrated look at the Mafia’s role in art theft!

    Listened to this over the Christmas period and wow - what an excellent podcast this is. I only wished it was more than four episodes. The podcast jumps between the present and the past (when the Sicilian Mafia were at their prime), as one man tries to avoid jail time by finding a Caravaggio painting stolen in 1969. Journalist Simon Willis is a brilliant narrator, but what really makes this podcast shine is the incredible sound design. Highly recommend!

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    United States3 months ago
  • The Professor

    This is a fascinating series, and wonderfully researched and narrated by the host Simon Willis about the theft of Caravaggio’s painting of the nativity by the Sicilian mafia. In following the attempt by art dealer and numismatist William Veres to track it down many years later, Mr Willis creates a compelling and dramatic narrative.

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    United Kingdom4 months ago
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