Greek police find famous paintings – level 3

06-07-2021 07:00

Head of a Woman, a painting by the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso has been recovered after it was stolen nine years ago during a heist at Greece’s National Gallery.

A few months ago, it emerged that police still believed the Picasso hadn’t left Greece. According to the Culture Minister Lina Mendoni, the artwork would have been impossible to sell or go on display because it had a personal inscription from Picasso on the back that read in French ’For the Greek people, a tribute by Picasso’. Police say that the painting was found with two other paintings in bush land wrapped in plastic, and a 49-year-old builder has been arrested for the theft.

The valuable artwork had another bad event after it slipped and fell from its display. Police were showing the recovered paintings, and when the Picasso slipped, an official not wearing gloves hastily returned it to its position.

Difficult words: heist (a robbery), inscription (words that are written, painted, or cut in something), hastily (hurriedly).

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