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Athens police recover Picasso, Mondrian artworks stolen in 2012

A painting by Pablo Picasso that was stolen nine years ago during a heist was recovered.

On Monday, police in Athens said Picasso’s Woman’s Head had been found along with a 1905 painting of a windmill by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian.

Both were taken, along with a third artwork, during an elaborate 2012 heist at the Athens National Gallery.




The artworks were stripped from their frames in the early morning raid which only took minutes to carry out.

A Greek man was arrested after the art was found hidden at a gorge on the outskirts of the city, Reuters reported.

The Picasso painting, a portrait of a woman in his signature cubist style, was gifted to the National Gallery by the artist himself back in 1949. He said the gift, painted a decade earlier, was in recognition of the country’s resistance to Nazi Germany.



A second Mondrian painting was left at the scene during the heist after thieves dropped it while making their escape.