Most Wanted: Top 10 Missing Paintings in the World
The Mona Lisa is proudly described as the most famous, most visited, most sung about and the most written about painting in the world of art. It was prone to theft in 1911 by a Louvre employee and was recovered three years later. But not all missing pieces of art are not as lucky as the Mona Lisa. Here, we’ve come up with a list of 10 famous paintings around the world that are still missing.
1. Poppy Flowers by Van Gogh
The Poppy Flowers, also known as Vase and Flowers was painted by Van Gogh three years before he died. It was stolen in 2010 making it one of the most valuable pieces of art stolen in recent history. It is valued at $50 million.
2. Le Pigeon aux Petits Pois by Pablo Picasso
The Pigeon with Green Peas, as it is called, was painted by Picasso in 1911 and was stolen in May 2010 from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. It was stolen together with four other paintings – all valued at €100 million.
3. The Concert by Johannes Vermeer
The stealing of this painting was part of an art heist where a dozen more paintings were stolen in 1990 by thieves dressed as police. While Vermeer’s work is estimated at $200 million, the price for other paintings is undisclosed.
4. The Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt
This was one of the painting snatched during the same robbery. Painted in 1633 by Rembrandt, it depicts Jesus calming the Sea of Galilee and is the only seascape by the master. While estimating the price of this painting is too difficult, a reward of $5 million is announced for any information leading to the painting.
5. Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence by Caravaggio
This painting, stolen in the year 1969 after many unsuccessful attempts, is also known as The Adoration. It was stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo, Sicily. It is rumoured that the painting was stolen by the Silicon Mafia and may be later destroyed during the earthquake of 1980. Price is undisclosed.
6. The Just Judges by Jan van Eyck
Painted between the years 1426 and 1432, this painting was stolen in 1934 while on display in the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Belgium. It is a part of the altar piece The Adoration of the Lamb by the brothers Hubert and Eyck and is also known as The Righteous Judges. The price is undisclosed.
7. Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man
Stolen by the Nazis during the WWII, this painting was created by Raphael around the year 1513. It was rescued in the year 1939 but was again discovered by the Gestapo and sent to Berlin to be a part of the Führer’s Collection. The price is not known.
8. Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuene by Van Gogh
Stolen in December 2002, this is one of the two paintings stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The other is the View of the Sea at Scheveningen by the same artist. Together, they are valued at more than £25 milion.
9. View of Auvers-sur-Oise by Cezanne
This painting was stolen as the revellers at Oxford were preparing to celebrate the new millennium. It was stolen by a criminal from the city’s Ashmolean Museum and is missing since. There is no official info
rmation about any kind of reward offered for any information related to the painting. Eve its price is unknown.
10. Francis Bacon by Lucian Freud
This unusual painting by the famed artist was stolen in the year 1988. Freud has also designed his very own wanted poster for the lost piece of art but even that didn’t receive any response. As the Berlin’s Neue National Gallery in which the painting was displayed during the time of its theft was full of students. It is believed that the theft was the work of a student or fan of Bacon. A reward of £132,000 is announced for any information.
The Art Loss Register lists hundreds of such painting which are missing since decades any attempts to recover them are in vain despite announcing staggering rewards. Whether these paintings will find a way back to where they belong: only time will tell.