Police have intensified the search for the 150 year old painting depicting crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which was found missing from Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery in Mysore.
The painting by French artist Peter Paul Rubens was one of the proudest collections of the Maharaja Nalvadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar.
Rubens had painted it in 1852 and presented to the Maharaja.
The missing of the painting was a mystery as according to one of the security staff members of the Gallery, the painting adorned the wall till he went for lunch in the noon on June 26. But after his return it was found missing.
Scion of the Royal Family, Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wodeyar who heads the Trust that maintains the Art Gallery, who was away from Mysore, has been informed about the missing of the painting and on his advice a complaint was filed in the Devaraja Police Station here.
According to the Superintendent of the Art Gallery Narasimhan, this is the first time in the history of the 94-year-old Art Gallery, which has rare collections including those of Raja Ravi Verma, a painting is missing from there. Police questioned some of the employees of the Art Gallery as it was found missing in broad day light.
Gallery sources said the two and half foot high and two and a quarter foot wide painting was quoted over a one million dollar in international market.