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Corot Painting Stolen From Louvre

May 3, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Police closed the Louvre museum and searched its visitors Sunday after a guard discovered the theft of a landscape by French painter Camille Corot.

The guard quickly alerted police and the museum was abruptly shut at 3 p.m. after he discovered the painting, ``The Sevres Road,″ was missing.

The thief apparently had cut the painting from its frame. Police took fingerprints from the frame and the glass that protected the painting.

Police also conducted body searches of all of the several hundred visitors who were still in the museum. Museum personnel also were interrogated.

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot was a 19th century French painter known for his landscapes. The painting measures 13 inches by 19 inches; its value was not immediately known.

The Louvre is France’s most famous museum, and thousands of objects are on display.