Quotation from the PRESS RELEASE of Greek Police
Burglary at the National Gallery.
Art works stolen .
Today (9-1-2012) , at around 04.30 , at the building of the National gallery on 50 Vassileos Konstantinou street, one or more unknown persons deactivated the alarm system, broke an aluminum-frame outer door (balcony), and entered the exhibition place, from where they removed :
One painting, oil on canvas, size 56 Χ 40, by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, made in 1939 , depicting a female head. This work had been donated by the artist to the Greek people in 1949, as an honorary offer for its brave resistance during the Nazi occupation, in the context of the donation of French artists’ works.
One painting, oil on canvas, size 35 Χ 44, by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, made in the year 1905 , depicting a windmill along a river. This work had been purchased in 1963 by Alexander Pappas and had been donated to the National gallery.
One work on paper, pen with diluted sepia ink , size 27 Χ 16 . 8 by the Italian Guglielmo Caccia ( Moncalvo ) which depicts San Diego de Alcala in ecstasy with Holy Trinity and the symbols of passion. The work had been donated to the National Gallery by Gregory Maraslis in 1907.
While the act was being committed, the motion detector was activated in the periodical exhibition place; the security guard immediately hurried there and found one offender, whom he chased.
Trying to escape, the offender left behind another important painting by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, depicting a typical farm.