Seven pictures of the painters Federico de Madrazo and José Méndez stolen in June have been recovered by the Civil Guard in Operation Mason, in which they arrested the three alleged perpetrators and has charged a fourth person. The Directorate General of Police and the Guardia Civil has reported that thieves, whose initials are ASG, IFP, and APO, took the artwork from a house in the Madrid suburb of El Escorial. The house, which was not inhabited, belonged to a noble died years ago. In the same policing have recovered 17-books, first editions of the writer José Gallows (1741-1782). Civil Guard sources have reported that the thieves are not art but thieves burgled the house of the noble among other objects and books and took pictures.Subsequent investigations led to theft locate two homes where suspected thieves stolen objects stored. The detainees are all of Spanish nationality and the accused is the brother of one of those arrested and owner of one of the homes used as storage.Finally, the investigation led officers to an art gallery to which the robbers had sold the pictures saying that works, four in three of Madrazo and Mendez came from a family inheritance. It was in the gallery where the agents acted to recover the objects. In the works are two portraits of Federico de Madrazo, one of Alfonso XII child and one of Francis of Assisi. Madrazo (1815-1894) was a Romantic painter, director of the Museo del Prado, which focused its production in portraits of aristocrats and cultural figures of his time.All works have been made available to the Ministry of Culture for storage. The sources of the armed pointed out that the current owners of the objects, the noble heirs of El Escorial, intend to auction when they are returned.