The art theft of Frans van Mieris "A cavalier"
"A Cavalier" was stolen in June 2007 from the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. It has not been recovered. The incident occurred during the regular visiting hours on Sunday, June 10, 2007. A thief stole unnoticed the painting by Frans van Mieris and disappeared. Because of its small dimensions of 20 x 16 cm, the art thiev was probably hiding the work under his jacket and disappeared again as a regular visitor.
The painting has a value of about one million euros. According to the Sydney Morning Herald of 20 May 2012, the search for the painting was set. The counterpart of this artwork is called "Going Out committed young lady with feather fan" and it has the same dimensions. Probably the lady is the wife Cunera of the Cock, the Mieris married in 1657. The pendant hangs in the Kunstmuseum Basel. Will we ever be able to admire works of art both as a counterpart again?
Source and related Links:
Frans van Mieris the Elder (English)
Kunstmuseum Basel: To go out prepare young lady with feather fan (1657-1659)
The Sydney Morning Herald: Frans van Mieris - Search for stolen masterpiece ends (20/05/2012)
The Art Tribune: Theft of a painting by Frans van Mieris from the Art Gallery of South Wales (15/06/2007)