Greece: Couple who had stolen work were 'amateurs'

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Posted: Sep 08, 2011 10:38 AM
Greece: Couple who had stolen work were 'amateurs'

A leading Greek art expert has described two suspects who received a stolen 17th century artwork and were then arrested when they left the museum label on the back as "amateurs."

The painting _ one of several versions of "The Calydonian Boar Hunt" by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens _ was stolen in Belgium a decade ago and recovered in Athens in a Sept. 1 police raid.

Police and Greek cultural authorities presented the painting Thursday. A 64-year-old man and 40-year-old woman accused of receiving the stolen work have been charged with money laundering.

National Art Gallery director Marina Lambraki-Plaka referred to the two Friday as "amateurs _ unless they had some other reason for keeping the identification details on the back of the painting."