Stolen paintings return to the Van Gogh Museum
After 14 years, two masterpieces by Van Gogh stolen and feared lost forever are back on public display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. View of the Sea at Scheveningen (1882) and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen (1884–85) were taken from the Museum during a break-in in 2002 and discovered during a recent house search in the vicinity of Naples following a long investigation. From today they have resumed their place in the museum’s collection and are on display in the state in which they were found, slightly damaged and without their frames, until 15 May 2017, after which they will be sent for restoration and framing.
Having been found behind a double wall in the house occupied by the parents of Camorra chief Raffaele Imperiale and identified by experts from the Van Gogh Museum, initial examination has shown that the paintings are in reasonably good condition, apart from a small area of visible damage to the canvas View of the Sea at Scheveningen, caused immediately after the robbery, when the thieves removed the frames.
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