2nd February 2017

After 14 years of underworld journey, the two stolen paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam are finally set to return after being recovered from a notorious Mafia boss, near Naples last year.
Van Gogh’s “Seascape at Scheveningen” painted in 1882 and “Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen” painted in 1884 to 1885, have been cleared by an Italian judge to be returned after being held as evidence and will soon make way to the Van Gogh Museum.

The two Van Gogh masterpieces, which are confirmed to be authentic and worth millions, were stolen back in 2002 in a daring heist by thieves who used a simple ladder and a rope.

View the Seascape at Scheveningen

View the Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen

The two canvasses, with signs of damage and no frames but overall in good shape, will be formally handed over in the coming future, but no exact date has been confirmed.

“We’re especially grateful to the Italian authorities for achieving something we almost thought would never happen. We can’t wait to place the two lost works back in our museum’s collection.”, Axel Ruger – Van Gogh Museum’s director.

The “Seascape at Scheveningen” is one of the only two seascapes paintings Van Gogh created during his years in the Netherlands, and an excellent example showcasing Van Gogh’s early style of painting. Whilst “Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen” is a masterpiece that Van Gogh painted for his mother, making the piece of great emotional value to the museum. The Van Gogh museum was refurbished in 2013 with new fittings, better insulations, refurbished walls, floors, ceilings and new wirings to enable multimedia applications for exhibitions and presentations. Likewise, giving you every reason for you and your students to visit Amsterdam for your next Art & Design school trip.

But, your 101 reasons to visit Amsterdam doesn’t stop there, the Rijksmuseum should also be on your must-see list in Amsterdam, as the 132 years old museum went through renovations to improve the grounds, there are over 8,000 historical pieces that showcase the Dutch history dating back from 1200’s. Across the museum’s 80 rooms, you and your students will discover collections such as Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch”, Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid”, and Jan Steen’s “The Merry Family”.

Your students will also enjoy their visit to the Stedelijk Museum, international collections of 90,000 modern and contemporary artworks will be available for viewing. Here, you’ll be able to take your students to witness iconic pieces by Picasso, Karel Appel, CoBrA and more.

There are more fantastic Art & Design visits in Amsterdam to discover, and if you’ve got one in mind contact us and start planning your Art & Design school trip.



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