Modern Artworks Stolen in Athens

<i> Reuters</i>

Modern artworks by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and others, estimated as worth more than $500,000, have been stolen from an Athens museum, police said Saturday.

The 38 lithographs and prints by some of the world’s most distinguished painters and sculptors belonged to a private collection on display at the Goulandris-Horn Foundation since Feb. 7.

Prints by Spanish painter Joan Miro, French painter Fernand Leger and Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti were among works missing from the foundation.

Police said the theft took place between Thursday night and Friday morning, when the foundation’s neoclassical building in the Plaka area under the Acropolis was not guarded.