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The UN returned the 'Guernica' tapestry of Pablo Picasso to the Rockefeller family.

For nearly 36 years, the Guernica tapestry was placed at the entrance to the Security Council Hall at the UN headquarters in New York, CBS reported.

Commissioned by Nelson A. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1955, it was leased to the United Nations in 1984. 

"We thank the Rockefeller family for having loaned this powerful and iconic work of art for more than 35 years," U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told CBS News. 

"It's horrible, horrible that it is gone," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told CBS News as he walked past the now-empty wall, en route to receive the credentials of President Biden's new Ambassador to the U.N.

Picasso created the original painting in 1937. It depicted the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica by Nazi Germany during the Spanish Civil War.

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