The painting called ‘Poppy Flowers’, also known as ‘Vase and Flowers’ was “cut from its frame” at the Mahmoud Khalil Museum on Saturday, Farouk Hosni said.
According to BBC, Hosni said two Italians were arrested at Cairo Airport and the small canvas found, but later claimed that he was provided with “inaccurate information”.
Hosni said that only 10 people visited the museum on Saturday. “Measures are under way to uncover the circumstances of the incident and retrieve the painting,” he said. The same painting was previously taken from the same museum in 1978, but recovered a decade later in Kuwait. Measuring 30 cm by 30 cm, and depicting yellow and red flowers, it is believed to have been painted by Vincent Van Gogh in 1887, three years before he shot himself.