Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Goya Going to Guggenheim is Gone!

Goya Painting Stolen on Way to Guggenheim

A painting by Goya was stolen on its way from the collection of the
Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio to a major exhibition that opens on
Friday at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the two institutions
announced yesterday.

The museums said in a statement that the 1778 painting, "Children With
a Cart," was stolen in the vicinity of Scranton, Pa., while in the
care of a professional art transporter. They said the theft was
discovered last week but refused to provide additional details on the
crime. Officials at both museums said the F.B.I. was investigating the
case and had warned them that releasing additional information might
jeopardize the inquiry.

The painting was to be included in "Spanish Painting From El Greco to
Picasso: Time, Truth and History," a sprawling exhibition of some 135
paintings by Spanish masters.

The two museums said the painting would be "virtually impossible to
sell and therefore has no value on the open market." While art that
belongs to major museums is easily identified as stolen, the statement
seemed intended in part to discourage any attempt at a clandestine

The painting was insured for only $1 million, the museums said. The
insurer is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading
to the recovery of the painting, they added. Their statement urged
people with information about the theft to contact the Philadelphia
division of the F.B.I. at (215) 418-4000.

"We're hoping that we're going to get a number of tips," Jerri
Williams, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia F.B.I. division, said.
"To vet the tips, we've decided to release as few details as possible.
If that doesn't provide fruitful information, of course, we'll provide
more details."

The work, an oil on canvas measuring nearly five feet high and three
feet wide, is a tapestry cartoon — an image that Goya painted for a
factory that manufactured tapestries for the Spanish royal court.

The catalog entry for "Children With a Cart" says that Goya conceived
the work for the bedroom of the Prince of Asturias. It depicts
children at play, two of them inside a cart and another dressed in
Dutch style, playing drums, while a fourth plays the trumpet.




Sanjeev Narang
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