Sam! Did you hear that the Italian police found & recovered the two Van Gogh paintings stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002? theguardian com/ artanddesign /2016/ sep/30/ italian-police-find-van-goghs-stolen-in-amsterdam-gallery-heist
I hadn’t! That is great news. It’s splendid to see art returned to museums (even though it looks like a while before the Van Gogh Museum may get them back physically).
And it’s another lesson in “art theft and the real world” – stolen art generally isn’t stolen for someone’s collection, but rather either a) with the expectation of selling it, which is then quashed because it’s too famous, or b) with the intent of using it as collateral in criminal dealings such as drug deals or illicit loans – which is how it ends up being used even if the situation started out as A.
I’m just glad to see they aren’t too badly damaged. Congregation Leaving The Reformed Church in Nuenen is especially lovely, nice to see it in the hands of people who know how to care for it again.