Bad News: Looks Like Suspect's Mom Did Burn Art
Paint is found in ashes of oven; works were by Picasso, Monet, others
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 18, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
The 1971 painting 'Harlequin Head' by Pablo Picasso, one of seven paintings stolen from the museum.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – It may be a case of art to ashes—and scientists are trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. A Romanian museum official said yesterday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings—including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet—contains paint, canvas, and nails. The finding is evidence that Olga Dogaru may have been telling the truth when she claimed to have burned the paintings, which were taken from a Dutch museum last year in a daring daylight heist.

The director of Romania's National History Museum said museum forensic specialists had found "a series of substances which are specific to paintings and pictures," including some paint, canvas, and nail remnants that pre-dated the 20th century. He added that it was "a crime against humanity to destroy universal art." The next step is to compare the remnants to what is known about the missing paintings, which given their quality and status would be well-documented in photographs and condition reports.

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Jul 19, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
LOL, the fact that people are all pissy about this just proves that life has become too easy and we don't have anything more pressing to worry about. You wanna see drawings of people with their nose on the side of their head? visit a preschool.
Jul 19, 2013 11:51 AM CDT
What a monumentally ignorant bitch. They should set her on fire.
Jul 19, 2013 8:41 AM CDT
What good is stealing paintings of that value if you don't have a buyer ? How can these two amatures stroll into a secure museum and walk off with so many valuable paintings. What kind of crappy security did this museum have ? Was it an inside job ? If it was organized why would these two dunderheads keep paintings of that value for over a year in a box under the bed or in a closet ? Those paintings are in someones home. They thought this all out long before. If they do find ashes of old paintings their probably old worthless paintings designed to throw them off the scent.