Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh stolen 14 years ago have been recovered in Italy.
“Seascape at Scheveningen” (1882) and “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen” (1884–85) were found in Naples by anti-mafia police.
They were taken from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002. The museum has confirmed they are the real paintings, and that they are in fairly good condition.
The museum’s director, Axel Rüger, thanked Italian and Dutch authorities for recovering the paintings.
“The paintings have been found! That I would be able to ever pronounce these words is something I had no longer dared to hope for,” he said in a statement ahead of a press conference in Naples expected later today. “It is not yet certain when the works will come back to Amsterdam. But I fully believe that we can, once more, count on the unconditional support of the Italian authorities.” Read more