The National Gallery in Athens was broken into early on Monday morning, several works were stripped from their framesÂ and have now been identified. The works include a female cubist portrait by Pablo Picasso, dated 1934, a giftÂ to theÂ gallery from the 1940â€™s, a religious drawing by the 16th century artist Guglielmo Caccia. The third work was a painting by Piet Mondrian of a riverside windmill. An attempt was also made on a fourth painting by Mondrian, but was abandoned during the retreat.
The galleryâ€™s alarm was activated, but the guard on duty arrived only in time to see an unknown man running from the building. Police believe the heist was carefully planned with the thieves intentionally setting off alarms on several occasions since Sunday evening without entering , prompting security to disable at least one alarm. The Monday heist took a total of seven minutes and has raised questions about the effectiveness of the National Galleryâ€™s security. Hopefully the works are quickly ans safely recovered.