Greece Recovers Stolen Rubens Oil Sketch

Peter Paul Rubens, shown here in a self portrait from 1623, has been redeemed.

Would-be art thieves, take note: law enforcement officials fighting art theft are having a great week. In New York, police have identified a suspect in the recent heist of a KAWS work, and, in Los Angeles, officials believe that a recently recovered work attributed to Rembrandt may actually be a fake.

And now, out in Athens, authorities say they have arrested two Greeks for allegedly trying to sell an oil sketch by Flemish 17th-century master Peter Paul Rubens that was stolen from a Belgian museum a decade ago.

The work in question is Rubens’s oil sketch The Calydonian Boar Hunt, which three masked thieves made off with from the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium in 2001, according to the Associated Press. The two suspects were allegedly trying to flip the painting for a cool €1 million, or about $1.4 million.

As a special bonus, Greek officials also revealed that they had arrested six more Greeks in a separate raid on charges of looting various antiquities.

Greece Recovers Stolen Rubens Oil Sketch