30 Sep '16, 10am

Two #VanGogh paintings stolen 14 years ago recovered from Italian mafia

AMSTERDAM/ROME (Reuters) - Italian police have recovered two paintings by the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh that were stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago, as part of an operation against the Camorra mafia group that operates around Naples. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said the paintings had been removed from their frames but appear to have suffered only slight damage. It was not immediately clear when they would be returned to the museum, which is the largest repository of Van Gogh's work. The paintings, "Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen" (1884/5) and "View of the Sea at Scheveningen" (1882), are both from relatively early in Van Gogh's short, tempestuous career. Italian financial police seized "assets worth tens of millions of euros from a Camorra group involved in international cocaine trafficking", according to a statement. They said the assets includ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/two-van-gogh-pai...

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