Stolen Van Gogh paintings found 14 years later


A visitor looks at a self-portrait by late Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh displayed at the Orsay Museum as part of the exhibition “Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society”, on March 10, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

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Two famous Van Gogh paintings have been recovered by police in Italy after almost 14 years.

The paintings were stolen in 2002 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam by thieves who broke into the building using a ladder to access the roof. Anti-mafia police found them in a farmhouse in Naples during a “massive” raid. They said the artworks were hidden with other property worth “tens of millions of euros.”

The artworks — Seascape at Scheveningen and Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen  — date from the late 19th Century.

The museum says the paintings were removed from their frames but appear largely undamaged and in ‘relatively good condition.’

No word yet on when they’ll be returned to Amsterdam.


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