Stolen Art Alert

Below are selected items from the Stolen Art Alert section of the IFAR Journal, published by IFAR since 1977. The theft information was provided by owners and insurance companies to the police, the FBI, Interpol, the Art Loss Register, and others, and IFAR does not make any representation as to accuracy or authenticity.


PISANELLO (Antonio Pisano)

(Italian, 1345-1455)

Our Lady of the Quail.

Icon. Tempera on panel.

54 x 32 cm.


One of 17 paintings stolen from the Museo Civico in Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy on November 19, 2015.


(German, 1471-1528)

Die Hure Babylon, 1498.

Woodcut from the Apocalyptic Cycle.

Signed at bottom center: AD.


Stolen from the residence of opera director Otto Schenk in Oberhofen, Switzerland between February 2 and March 21, 2016.

Frans van Mieris, the Elder

(Dutch, 17th century)

A Cavalier, or Self-portrait as an Officer.


Oil on oak panel.

20 x 16 cm.


Stolen from the Art Gallery of New South Wales  in Sydney, Australia on June 10, 2007.


(German, 1515-1586)


Oil on panel.

48.21 x 75.01 cm (approx. 19” x 29 ½”).
Signed with the artist’s monogram at center right.


Stolen from a private residence in Lons le Saulnier, France on March 6, 2014.


 (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)

(Italian, 1591-1666)

The Madonna with Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory the Wonderworker
, 1639.

Oil on canvas.

292.99 x 184.51 cm (approx. 9 ½’ x 6’).


Stolen from the Church of San Vincenzo, Modena, Italy on August 10, 2014.


(American, 1923-1994)

Untitled, 1993.

Oil on canvas.

46 x 61.01 cm (approx. 18 ¼” x 24”).


Stolen from a gallery in Toulouse, France on August 27, 2013. Recovered by police in Portugal in March 2016.



(German, 1877-1962).

The House, 1909.

Oil on canvas. 

68.99 x 48.01 cm (approx. 27 ¼” x 19”).


Stolen from a business in Nordrheinwestfalen, Gemany on January 16, 2015. See also item nos. 49,55; 65-70; 72-74.

Tibetan Mandala Box

(Chinese, Qianlong period, 1736-1795).

Gold filigree and repoussé, coral, pearls.

Ht: 24.99 cm (approx. 9 ¾”).



One of 20 items by unknown artists – assembled in 1863 by Empress Eugenie for her Chinese Museum at the Fontainebleu château -- snatched from display cases at the museum in an early morning burglary on March 1, 2015.



(Dutch, 1853-1890)

Poppy Flowers (Vase with Flowers), 1887.

Oil on canvas.

12" x 12" (30.48 x 30.48 cm). (Image is cropped.)


Stolen from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo, Egypt on August 20, 2010. The same painting was stolen once before -- in 1978 -- and recovered in Kuwait in 1980.


(found at Nimrud, c.720 BC)

Chryselephantine (gold and ivory)

Depicting a lioness killing a Nubian.

Cat. #175

Iraq Museum #56642


Reported stolen/looted in April 2003 from the Iraq Museum, Baghdad.