For Immediate Release
July 30, 2007
FBI National Press Office
Announces Addition to Top Ten Art Crimes List
FBI today announced an addition to its Top Ten Art Crimes
list. A Cavalier was stolen on June 10, 2007, from
the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The
self-portrait, by Dutch Master Frans Van Mieris (1635-1681),
was stolen while the gallery was open for public viewing.
The piece is in oil on wood panel and measures 16 x 20 centimeters,
or approximately 6 ½ x 8 inches.
FBI is pleased to be able to work with our Australian law
enforcement colleagues in an effort to bring this piece
of history back to the Art Gallery of New South Wales,"
said Bonnie Magness-Gardiner of the FBI's Art Theft Program.
"Theft of a significant work of art such as this is
not only a crime against an institution but deprives both
the local and international community of its cultural heritage."
FBI initiated the Top Ten Art Crimes list in 2005. Since
then, five paintings and one sculpture from four entries
have been recovered: A Rembrandt self-portrait and Renoir's
Young Parisian from Sweden's National Museum theft;
Goya's Children with a Cart from the Toledo Art Museum
theft; Munch's The Scream and The Madonna
from the Munch Museum theft in Oslo; and the Cellini Salt
Cellar from the Kunsthistorisches Museum theft in Vienna.
Also recovered was the Statue of Entemena from the
Iraqi Looted and Stolen Artifacts entry. The current list
may be found on the Art Theft Program page of the FBI's
website listed below.
with any information about this work of art or circumstances
concerning this crime are encouraged to contact their local
FBI office or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or
to submit a tip online at www.fbi.gov.
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