Anti-mafia police in Naples, Italy, have recovered two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam more than a decade ago.
The Van Gogh Museum announced Friday that a curator inspected the two works, at the request of Italian authorities, and “drew a firm conclusion: ‘They are the real paintings!’ ”
The two canvases, a seascape and a painting of a church, were stolen from the museum in 2002 in a widely publicized heist. They’ve been missing ever since.
The director of the Van Gogh museum, Axel Rüger, said the museum owed a debt of gratitude to Dutch and Italian authorities.
“The paintings have been found!” he said in a statement. “That I would be able to ever pronounce these words is something I had no longer dared to hope for.”
Images: Van Gogh Museum