Van Gogh paintings, stolen by mafia, found again

Sea at Scheveningen by Vincent van Gogh

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Police find stolen Van Gogh paintings in Mafia house in Italy

Today, 09:55

After fourteen years, two stolen Van Gogh paintings have been found in Italy. They were found in fairly good condition during a police investigation near Naples. According to Italian media they were in the hands of the Mafia.

They are the works Sea at Scheveningen made in 1882, and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen from 1884/1885. They are estimated to be worth millions of euros.

The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that the paintings were found in a house in Castel Marie di Stabia, near Pompeii. There they were said to be in the hands of the big shots of the Neapolitan Mafia.


The paintings were stolen in 2002 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The thieves climbed early in the morning with a ladder to the first floor of the museum. There they struck a window with a sledgehammer, and climbed through inside.

Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, by Vincent van Gogh

Now, let us hope that all of the ancient Dutch art, stolen by Ukrainian criminals with links to the Ukrainian political establishment, like the Italian mafia has to its political establishment, will return as well.

Colours in painting, video

This is a September 2016 video in Dutch, with English subtitles.

In it, Dutch artist Monica Rotgans discusses paint and other material used by visual artists.

According to Ms Rotgans, the colours in many old paintings have deteriorated through the ages, as, eg, paint decayed.

Eg, the painting The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh now looks grimy and dark; while, just after Van Gogh had painted it, there was much more light in it.

The cause, Ms Rotgans says, is Van Gogh’s use of Prussian blue paint, which makes paintings darker as it decays eventually.

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam attracts many visitors

This video says about itself:

Exhibition Munch : Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum

21 September 2015

Discover the parallels between two iconic artists: Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch. Admire the many masterpieces from all over the world, including ‘The scream’ by Munch and ‘Starry night over the Rhone‘ by Van Gogh in one spectacular exhibition.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Record year for Van Gogh Museum

Today, 10:44

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam last year attracted a record number of visitors. About 1.9 million people went to the museum. That’s an increase of 18 percent compared to last year, when more than 1.6 million people visited the museum.

The museum explains the record number of visitors by the opening of the new glass entrance and the exhibition Munch: Van Gogh.

Von Gogh, Goltzius, paintings exhibition

This is a French language video about an exhibition of Dutch and Flemish paintings and drawings. These works of art are not often seen in public, as they are in a private collection, the collection Piet de Boer. They are from the sixteenth century (Hendrick Goltzius) to the late nineteenth century (Vincent van Gogh).

Other artists represented include Cornelis Van Haarlem, Hendrick Avercamp, Jan van Goyen and Jacob de Gheyn. And Jan Brueghel the Elder, who cooperated with Peter Paul Rubens.

Until 8 March 2015, this exhibition was in Paris. Now, these 95 drawings and 20 paintings are exhibited in Amsterdam. At Herengracht 512. It will start tomorrow, and will be there for one month.

Van Gogh art for blind people

This 4 March 2015 video is by the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.

It shows a special program at the museum for blind and visually impaired people: 3D reproductions of Van Gogh‘s paintings to feel, etc.