Stella Dimoko Van Gogh paintings stolen from Amsterdam found in Italy


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Van Gogh paintings stolen from Amsterdam found in Italy

Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on an Amsterdam museum in 2002.

The works were recovered from the Naples mafia, they said.
The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam said the works were found during a "massive, continuing investigation" by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials.
The paintings were taken when thieves used a ladder and sledgehammers to break into the museum.
They were eventually found wrapped in cloth in a safe in a house in the picturesque seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia, near Pompeii.
The works were among assets worth millions of euros seized from a Camorra organised crime group linked to cocaine trafficking, Italian reports said.

Months earlier, police had arrested several suspected drug traffickers who had invested their proceeds in Dubai, Spain and the Isle of Man. They were reportedly linked to one of the biggest mafia clans in the Scampia area of northern Naples.
Among those arrested in January were suspected drugs gang leader Raffaele Imperiale and Mario Cerrone. It was Mr Cerrone who apparently told investigators about the two paintings.

The theft of the two works, valued by investigators at $100m (£77m; €89m), led to criticism of security at the world's major art museums.

They took the paintings off the walls of the main exhibition hall. Experts were baffled at the time of the theft because guards had been on patrol and infra-red security systems were in place.

Neither work was insured at the time, and both were on loan to the Van Gogh museum from the Dutch government. Two Dutch citizens were jailed for theft but always maintained their innocence.

The museum said it was so far unclear when the works would be returned to Amsterdam but in a statement it said they appeared to be in "relatively good condition".
Dutch and Italian ministers were overjoyed by the news, and praised Italian investigators.
The Camorra crime organisation of Naples is not known for its understated good taste. Police raids on members' homes have often revealed a preference for ostentatious, kitsch decoration.

Naples police say they found the two stolen artworks in the possession of the Amato-Pagano clan, which they call one of the most dangerous clans in the region.

We don't yet know how the clan got hold of them, nor whether its members had been planning to sell the works on the international black market.
The art works are now in the hands of Italy's specialist financial police whose officers, during a brief display, stood on either side of the recovered works. They managed to disguise any admiration they may have had for Van Gogh's brushstrokes.

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is widely considered the greatest Dutch artist after Rembrandt.
Seascape at Scheveningen was one of only two seascapes he painted while he lived in the Netherlands.

It shows a foaming, stormy sea and thundery sky, and was painted in 1882 while he was staying in The Hague.
Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen (1884) was painted for Van Gogh's mother, but also partly for his father, who had become a pastor at the church in 1882. When his father died in 1884, Van Gogh added churchgoers, including a few women wearing shawls used for mourning.

Van Gogh committed suicide in France in 1890.



Julius Not beggar said...

Na d own carry am

Monkeynofine said...


Becky Divine said...

What's with this people and paintings sef

Anonymous said...

Fear italians anyday, anytime

Tessy Kess said...

Aunty Stella where is Saturday laughs?

NGR queue said...

year or recoveries

Chidinma Grace said...

Hmmmmmm! I love art though

Julius Not beggar said...

Am first yaah

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Okay,I'm 20, I have a problem. I think it's psychological. I know how to to do a whole lot of things. I make hair, bake, make up, I sew, nails, and I recently learnt skin care and therapy. But my problem is I don't feel like I'm good enough. When I do something, and I see other people's handiwork I say to myself (there's no way i can do that) I'm giving up on myself I know it. And I don't even know how to make friends. I'm a sweet person but I also feel like I'm not okay for someone. Could this be low self esteem? How can I overcome this? I swear it's really affecting me.

Woman of faith said...

Enter your

Anonymous said...

Na waah

Ronalda. said...

Sweetheart, it's all in your mind. You are as good as your worst thought. You may be excellent at whatever craft or skill you've acquired ‎but if you think you aren't good enough, you start acting like you're really not good enough and, invariably, people will sense your insecurities and start treating you like you are not good enough.

I don't care if in reality your handwork ‎is mediocre, if at 20 you already know how to do all you've listed, I think that's amazingly fantastic! The average 20 year lady will be crying over a broken heart or scheming how to get a particular guy's attention. Nowadays it's rare to see a young lady who craves improving herself or craft, wanting to be the best version of herself. I'm actually impressed.

My darling, the truth is, changing your mindset is not a walk in the park neither is it a day's job. It may take months, perhaps years. Though, some changes in your personality may even be evident earlier than you imagined.

I wonder if growing up you felt unappreciated or you had people around whom always did things better than you did. Perhaps you suffered a lot of verbal, emotional or psychological‎ abuse,only you can answer that. You have to go back to you past and examine certain issues you dealt with which made you feel inferior. Nobody is born with low self-esteem, "life happens" which affects how we all see ourselves. I want you to look into the mirror everyday and say " I (insert your name) am blessed and highly favoured. God has blessed me with gifted hands and I'm getting better every day". You must believe in yourself and don't allow anyone intimate you. There's an inner QUEEN in you waiting to be acknowledged by you, first, then the entire world.

Keep improving your skills on daily basis. Look for an older person, preferably a person with similar faith, whom you can confide in and get encouragement from. The more positive words you hear, the easier it will be to change your mindset. Even the best athletes perform better when they are cheered. Take it one day at a time and don't be discouraged if it seems like it isn't working because it is, even if you don't see the changes. Every positive word you speak into your life has a positive effect. Words have creative powers so, be careful what comes out of your mouth. I'll be rooting for you, my darling.

#e-bearhugs. ‎

Anonymous said...

Go see a therapist or someone better than you thriving well older than you prefarrably to give u advice on what makes him/her tick. Inferiority complex can rob you off a glorious destiny if not managed.

Anonymous said...

Sis. Its low self esteem, you need to be motivated and always believe you can be better than your previous and don't stop getting better.

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