By Emily Turley

A PAINTING of the most famous character in Spanish literary history has been stolen from outside the artist’s home.

Don Quixote, painted by Italian expat Valerio Arduino Gentile, had been fixed to a wall outside the artist’s studio in Malaga.

The two metre by one metre painting was held up by fishing line.

“I am delighted that they liked the painting so much that they felt they had to have it,” he said.

“I only wish I’d had a chance to give it the necessary finishing touches.

“I would love the painting to be returned so I can finish it off – and after that they are quite welcome to it,” he added.