September 1, 2011 / 7:21 PM / 8 years ago

Greece says recovers stolen Rubens painting

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece said Thursday it recovered a painting by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens stolen from a museum in Belgium in 2001 and arrested two Greeks who tried to sell it to undercover police for one 1 million euros ($1.4 million).

The culture ministry would not identify the artwork, dated 1618. A Rubens painting called “The Caledonian Boar Hunt” was stolen 10 years ago from the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, one museum official told Reuters.

“It’s a huge success that we have recovered this valuable painting,” said a police official who requested anonymity. “Culture Ministry experts who have examined it confirm its authenticity.”

Greek authorities would give no further details and said they would present the artwork at a later date. ($1 = 0.702 Euros)

Reporting By Dina Kyriakidou and Renee Maltezou, editing by Paul Casciato

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