Arts & Culture: The theft of the $50-million-plus Van Gogh painting, "Poppy Flowers," from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo, has resulted in 11 museum officials receiving three-year jail sentences. The staffers have been convicted of negligence for apparent security blunders, which led to the aforementioned work of the Dutch artist being stolen in "broad daylight." None of the sentenced museum officials have been charged with the theft of the painting, which is valued at more than $50 million.
The Mahmoud Khalil Museum also houses works by artisans the likes of Monet and Renoir. According to ArtInfo, the county's antiquities director, Zahi Hawass, vowed to improve improve security measures.
The robbery is reported to be an embarrassment to the Egyptian art world, as border and airport security have been increased substantially in an attempt to track down the missing Van Gogh work.
Photo Courtesy The Mahmoud Khalil Museum