Yikes! With "non-essential" businesses being closed due the coronavirus, and police not cracking down on "smaller" crimes, this is the perfect time for criminals to strike.
Unfortunately, it has already begun with a night raid at the Dutch institute Singer Laren Museum, just east of Amsterdam. The thieves made out with Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Spring Garden” on Monday.
According to museum director Evert van Os, the painting was on loan from the Groninger Museum for an exhibition titled "Mirror of the Soul." He added that the institution is “angry, shocked and sad” over the theft.
The Hill reports:
The museum’s collection focuses on modernist movements such as pointillism, cubism, expressionism and neo-impressionism.
“This beautiful and moving painting by one of our greatest artists stolen — removed from the community,” Os continued. “It is very bad for the Groninger Museum, it is very bad for the Singer, but it is terrible for us all because art exists to be seen and shared by us, the community, to enjoy to draw inspiration from and to draw comfort from, especially in these difficult times.”
The thief or thieves set off an alarm by smashing a glass door, but had vanished with the painting by the time police responded at the scene, according to the AP.
Another of the museum’s most famous pieces, a bronze cast of Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker,” was stolen along with six other works from its sculpture garden in 2007 and was later recovered minus a leg.
I can only imagine how much one of those paintings would cost. Perhaps the thieves will get caught trying to sell them.
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