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Picasso, 2 other works stolen from museum

Jan. 10, 2012 at 2:17 AM   |   Comments

ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A Picasso painting the artist donated to the National Gallery in Athens and two other artworks were stolen during a break-in early Monday, Greek police said.

Pablo Picasso had donated his 1939 "Woman's Head" as a gift to the gallery in 1940 to recognize Greece's resistance to Nazi occupation. It was the only Picasso in the gallery's collection, the Athens-Macedonia News Agency reported.

Also stolen were a 1905 oil painting by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian of a windmill next to a river and a pen-and-sepia sketch on paper of St. Didacus of Alcala with the Holy Trinity and symbols of faith by the 17th-century Italian painter Guglielmo Caccia, known as Moncalvo.

Another Mondrian painting was found in the courtyard outside the gallery.

A back door of the gallery had been forced open and the alarm system was deactivated.

Police were to review footage from the museum's surveillance cameras.

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