A painting by the great Italian artist Caravaggio was stolen from the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, according to an announcement on Thursday from the informational website Odessa.
"Between 6:00 pm on July 29 and 10.00 am July 31, an unknown person entered the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art through broken windows, who stole the painting of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, "The Taking of Christ," or "Judas's Kiss," according to the report.
On Thursday the museum was closed for cleaning day, according to investigators.
"The Taking of Christ" was created in the early 17th century. The painting was purchased in Paris, by the Russian Ambassador to France. In 1870, he presented the picture to the Grand Duke Vladimir [the Tsar's brother]. The canvas was kept in the Odessa museum in the 20th century, In 2006 the painting was restored to its original condition by specialists in Kiev.