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Three Baroque Period paintings have been stolen from the Christ Church Picture Gallery, an art museum at Christ Church, a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. According to law enforcement reports the theft took place at around 11pm on Saturday, 14 March 2020.
The three paintings are:
Oil on Canvas, circa 1616
H 91 x W 55 cm
Accession number: JBS 246
Oil on Canvas, circa 1640
H 75.2 x W 61 cm
Accession number: JBS 222
Oil on Canvas, circa 1580
H 75.5 x W 64 cm
Accession number: JBS 180
All three paintings had been bequeathed to Christ Church: two of them centuries ago.
The museum is known for its impressive collection of Old Masters paintings and drawings, with an emphasis on Italian art from the 14th to the 18th century. Works in the museum also include paintings and drawings by Titian, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens and Tintoretto, many of which were donated by General John Guise (1682/1683–1765) in the eighteenth century and whose portrait is also to be seen in one of the museum's rooms. Guise is known to have donated some 200 artworks to the college in furtherance of its art education programming.
Headed by Detective Chief Inspector Jon Capps, the Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the immediate area or elsewhere on on St. Aldates or High Street. They are also asking for assistance from area businesses who may have CCTV footage which could aid in their investigation. Officers can be contacted by calling the non-emergency number 101, or making a report online using the reference 43200087031. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.