Nepal | July 23, 2019

Stolen Van Gogh paintings return to Amsterdam museum


The canvas “Congregation Leaving The Reformed Church in Nuenen”, one of the two recovered paintings by Vincent van Gogh which were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002, is pictured at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on March 21, 2017. Photo: Reuters

AMSTERDAM: The Van Gogh Museum has welcomed home two paintings by the Dutch master more than 14 years after they were ripped off a wall at the museum in a nighttime heist.

The paintings, the 1882 “Seascape at Scheveningen,” and 1884-85 work “Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen,” were discovered last year by Italian police investigating suspected Italian mobsters for cocaine trafficking.

Museum director Axel Rueger on Tuesday called the return of the paintings one of the “most special days in the history of our museum.”

The paintings are going back on display at the museum before being taken to its conservation studio for repair. Rueger says the paintings have suffered remarkably little damage during the 2002 heist and the years since.


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