Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh right up again after 14 years. The two works of art were stolen in 2002 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
It involves the canvases Sea at Scheveningen (1882) and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen (1884/85).
The paintings are found in a large study in Italy, carried out by a special team that conducts research into organized crime. According to the curator who studied the works of the Italian judiciary are real. They appear in "fairly good condition". When the work come back to Amsterdam is not yet known.
The Italian chief public prosecutor in Naples later today give explanations at a press conference.
,, They are right! '' Said Axel Ruger, director of the Van Gogh Museum. ,, I ever could say, I did not dare to hope for. ''
The director, who was in Naples at this time, did not expect after so many years on a possible return. He assumes that he can count on the unconditional support ,, '' by the Italian authorities at the return of the paintings.
The Sea at Scheveningen painting is damaged. In the bottom left corner the paint is chipped. The other cloth seems unscathed, apart from some minor damage to the fabric edge. A conservator must find out the exact condition of the works before they can be restored, according to the museum.
By Editors AD: Photo: Van Gogh Museum