Caravaggio is not found, the find is unknown

M. Caravaggio. The Putting of the Christ under Arrest or Judas’ Kiss. Circa 1598. Oil on canvas. Stolen from the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art on July, 29−31

On Saturday, on November 6, the Ukrainian weekly journal Mirror of Week has published the information on that the canvas stolen from the Odessa Museum that was Michelangelo Caravaggio’s The Putting of the Christ under Arrest or Judas’ Kiss is found out. According to the last data, this information does not represent the facts, and the lost picture still is wanted.

According to the chief of the Kharkov regional Department of Internal Affairs Victor Razvadovsky the police officers really found a valuable picture. However it has nothing to do with a masterpiece by Caravaggio. The canvas was found out in a house of a killed collector Nikolay Ponomarenko and sent for examination which should attribute the authorship and the cost of the picture.

Meanwhile law enforcement bodies announce that they are close to solving of the case about the theft of the masterpiece. The public prosecutor of the Odessa region Vasily Prisyazhnuk confirmed the fact of that the investigation had already got on the tracks the criminals and established some details of a crime.

We will remind that the picture The Putting of the Christ under Arrest or Judas’ Kiss was stolen on the night of August 1, from the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art. Criminals having broken a window of the second floor took out the canvas from an exposition hall without any obstacles.

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