Valuable paintings stolen from Greek gallery
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Art thieves in Greece broke into the on Monday and stole three valuable works of art.
Among them was a painting by famous Spanish painter , dated 1939, called Woman's Head which was a gift to the Greek people for their resistance to the Nazis during World War 2. The other two works were Mill by and a sketch of by . A fourth painting, Landscape, also by Piet Mondrian was dropped by the thieves when pursued by security. All three works stolen were stripped from their frames.
The police stated multiple alarms during the evening of the heist in other parts of the building had distracted the gallery guard. Investigating yet another alarm, he saw the shadow of a fleeing individual. Citizen's Protection Ministerapologized for the loss, citing that the security at the gallery was "non-existent".
The value of the works stolen was not yet determined by gallery officials. The artwork in question was on display at the gallery as part of an exhibition called "Unknown Treasures", including works ofand .