A Caravaggio painting stolen two years ago from the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art was recovered in Berlin by German and Ukrainian police this past July. The painting, called “The taking of Christ” or “The kiss of Judas” by scholars, is considered the most valuable painting in the Ukraine. Originally belonging to a Russian Ambassador to France, then the Russian prince and finally the museum in Odessa, it was stolen in 2008 by thieves who broke into the museum over night and cut the painting from its frame.
Now the painting is back home, brought to Ukraine by a delegation headed by President Viktor Yanukovych during his visit to Germany on Monday. For their part, Germany has spent about $38,040 US dollars on restoration of the work, with further restoration to be carried out in Kiev.
Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art
9, Pushkinskaya str., Odessa, Ukraine, 65026
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