Toledo Museum of Art
PINCHED GOYA FOUND
Manhattan: No Trace of Missing Goya
By ANTHONY RAMIREZ
Published: November 15, 2006
The F.B.I. said yesterday it had no updates on the theft of a painting by Goya that was being trucked to an exhibition opening on Friday at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. On Monday, the authorities said little about the theft of "Children with a Cart," painted in 1778. Jerri Williams, a special agent and spokeswoman for the F.B.I.'s Philadelphia office, said yesterday that the painting was found to be missing near Scranton, Pa., last Thursday while the truck was unattended. "The people who were transporting it stopped for a break," she said, "and the painting was taken from the vehicle." Anyone with information was urged to call the F.B.I. at (215) 418-4000.
Goya Painting Stolen on Way to Guggenheim
By FELICIA R. LEE
Published: November 14, 2006
[...] 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 sale.
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. [...]