While half of the globe is worrying dead about the ongoing pandemic, a bunch of insensitive thieves set out to rob a Van Gogh painting instead. We’re talking about the recent heist that took place at the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam wherein the iconic artist’s 163-year old painting was swooped off, much to the dismay of the museum authorities and the police.
On Monday – 30 March, the criminals smashed through a glass door of the museum and then took the painting, which is valued at up to six million euros ($6.6 million). Titled- “Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring”, the much-touted for Van Gogh piece dates to the year 1884 and beautifully depicts the spring garden of the rectory at Neunen. It was stolen amid the coronavirus lock-down, despite the security alarms going off per protocol.
Commenting on the robbery, Singer Laren museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm said, “This beautiful and moving painting by one of our greatest artists stolen – removed from the community,” He further added, “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 Dutch police are currently busy in tracking down the notorious robbers.
[Via: India Today]