Paintings by Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian on display at the National Gallery in Athens, Greece, were stolen on January 9, 2012. In a statement last night, the Greek police reported that Picasso‘s Head of a Woman and Mondrian‘s Windmill were found 9 years later. While it was stated that the works in question were in the hands of the police, no detailed explanation was made about their status and whether there were any detentions related to the incident. Authorities are expected to hold a press conference regarding the subject today.
In the news in the Greek media, it was stated that a 49-year-old person was detained as a suspect of theft and the suspect did not take the paintings abroad to sell them on the black market.
What Happened Earlier?
The paintings were stolen from their frames on January 9, 2012, one day before the major renovations in the National Gallery began. In addition to the paintings of Picasso and Mondrian, the robbers also took a drawing by the Italian painter Guglielmo Caccia and dropped another Mondrian‘s work at the scene while escaping.
In the news in the Greek media in the past months, it was claimed that the stolen works may still be in Greece and they were put up for sale on the black market for $20 million, but could not find a buyer.
On the other hand, Picasso painted the Head of a Woman in World War II. It was donated to Greece in 1949 with the dedication “with respect to the Greek people” for their resistance against the Nazis during World War II.