Marion Ackermann, the director General of the Dresden State Art Collections, found herself under a barrage of questions from journalists at the news conference a short while ago.
A key question emerging: If the security guards saw the thieves on their CCTV camera and heard the alarm, why did they not intervene and stop them from escaping?
Ackermann explained that the standard security procedure at the museum is to call the police rather than intervene.
At that point, the security guards were unarmed, but could have been if they had interceded, she explained.
She added that the museum's course of action was not unusual and that other museums follow similar protocols.