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Spanish master's Children stolen
Goya self-portrait (picture: Museo Nacional del Prado)
Francisco de Goya is considered one of the world's greatest artists
A painting by Spanish master Goya has been stolen while en route across the US, two museums have announced.

The work was stolen near Scranton, Pennsylvania, said a joint statement issued by New York's Guggenheim Museum and Ohio's Toledo Museum of Art.

The 228-year-old work, Children with a Cart, was to be displayed in New York at an exhibition due to open this week.

Painted in 1778, the work is insured for more than $1m (527,977). The FBI is said to be investigating the theft.

According to the museums, the painting was being carried by a professional art transporter at the time of its disappearance.

The insurer is offering a reward of $50,000 (26,395) for information leading to its recovery, they added.

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) is considered one of the world's greatest artists and one of the first "modern" painters. Children with a Cart depicts four colourfully-dressed children and a wooden cart at the base of a dark tree, with a billowing cloud in the background.

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