Stolen Rembrandt painting recovered in Serbia after seven years

Stolen Rembrandt painting recovered in Serbia after seven years
A close-up of Rembrandt signature on the back of "The Judgment," a quill etching valued at more than $250,000 that was stolen in Marina Del Rey 2011. The painting was later recovered. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A painting by the Dutch artist Rembrandt that depicts his father has been found seven years after it went missing. Rembrandt's "Portrait of the Father" was recovered Monday during a police operation in Sremska Mitrovica, about a half-hour outside Belgrade.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the theft, according to reports. Radio Free Europe reported that two armed robbers tied up a guard and stole the Rembrandt along with three other paintings, including one by Peter Paul Rubens. It is reportedly worth an estimated $3.7 million.


The Rembrandt, which was painted around 1630, was stolen in 2006 from a museum in Novi Sad, Serbia.

"Portrait of the Father" has been stolen twice in a space of 10 years, according to BBC News.

Rembrandt pieces are often the target of thefts. In 2011, a drawing attributed to the Dutch master was stolen from a hotel in Marina del Rey. It was recovered shortly thereafter, but experts later cast doubts on the piece's authenticity.