Monday, February 13, 2017

Two Stolen Van Goghs Now On Display in Italy

From the You Really Should Remember to Update Your Passport If You Want to See This Department:

In 2002 two priceless paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were nicked from the Van Gogh Museum. As time passed by, hopes of recovering the paintings dimmed. These are small paintings and so could be better hidden then say, a Diego Rivera mural. The paintings are "Seascape at Scheveningen" (1882) and "Congregation leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen" (1884 or 1885.) (Pictured, left)

And then police in Napoli, Italy got news that a drug lord Raffaele Imperiale had them in his private collection. They raided the place and TA DA there were the paintings.

Before the paintings go back home to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the museum is allowing a brief special (and heavily guarded) public showing in Naples. If you want to see them in Italy, act fast because the special display ends on February 26.

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