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
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.