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NEW YORK, 20 November 2006—The Toledo Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum were notified today that the Francisco de Goya y Lucientes painting Children with a Cart (1778) has been recovered. After disappearing nearly two weeks ago, the painting will soon be returned to the Toledo Museum of Art, where it is part of the permanent collection. According to FBI reports, the painting appears to be unharmed.

"We are ecstatic that the painting has been recovered, and we look forward to bringing the Goya home and sharing it again with our community," Toledo Museum of Art Director Don Bacigalupi said in a press statement. "The FBI and law enforcement officials on this case have done an exemplary job for which we are truly thankful."

Francisco de Goya: Niños en el Carretón (Children with a Cart), 1778
Toledo Art Museum, Ohio
Photo courtesy of Toledo Art Museum

At the time of the theft, the painting was traveling through the Scranton, Pennsylvania area and was in the care of a professional art transport provider. The painting, Children with a Cart, 1778, which is currently insured for just over $1 million, would be virtually impossible to sell and therefore has no value on the open market. A reward of up to $50,000 was offered by the insurer for information leading to the recovery of the painting which was en route from the Toledo Museum of Art to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, where it was scheduled to be included in the exhibition Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History, which is now on view.

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