Image: Van Gogh's "View of the Sea at Scheveningen" Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (State of the Netherlands, bequest of A.E. Ribbius Peletier)
On Friday, the chief public prosecutor in Naples announced that two van Gogh paintings that had been stolen in 2002 were recovered in a building affiliated with the Amato Pagano clan of the Camorra Mafia family.
The artworks had been taken from Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum by burglars who climbed to the roof using a ladder. The thieves broke through a window, stole the two works and then escaped out the side of the building using a rope.
The paintings "Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen," dating from 1884/85, and "Seascape at Scheveningen," from 1882 (above), were found without their frames and wrapped in cloth. They showed minor damage at the edges.
"The paintings have been found!" Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum, said in a statement released on Friday. "That I would be able to ever pronounce these words is something I had no longer dared to hope for."
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