Stolen Rembrandt drawing ‘The Judgment’ recovered in Encino church

By on Aug 17, 2011 in Arts, Lifestyle, United States, World Comments

The stolen Rembrandt drawing titled “The Judgment” has been recovered in a church in San Fernando Valley, after an unnamed tipster reported to local authorities.

Stolen Rembrandt drawing being recovered
Image Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times

According to US news sites on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, L.A. County Sheriff officials have recovered the stolen Rembrandt sketch, which was positively identified by its owners, the Linearis Institute.

As told to reports by L.A. County Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore, someone called their station in Marina del Rey at around 6:30 p.m. (local time) on Monday and said that the 17th-century Rembrandt sketch was seen in a church in Encino.

“We have the Rembrandt at the station evidence lockup…we are now seeking to authenticate it is a Rembrandt with other sources,” Whitmore said, noting that no one was been arrested as suspect.

According to earlier reports, the Rembrandt drawing, valued at $250,000, has been taken from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, California last Saturday, August 13.

The quill pen and black ink work, which is about 11 inches by 6 inches (28 cm by 15 cm), was dated back to about 1655, and bears the signature of the artist at the back.

The Rembrandt drawing was part an exhibition by San Francisco gallery The Linearis Institute, and a curator told investigators that he was distracted by a guest and noticed at around 9:30 p.m. (local time) on Saturday that it has been missing.

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