By Ruud Van Slooten
Two stolen masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh were recovered last year in Naples, Italy fourteen years after their theft from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Soon after this recovery the Embassy of Italy in The Netherlands was aware that major brands of ‘Made in Italy’ could contribute to the Museum’s efforts to restore the two masterpieces. In reply to the Embassy’s call Bulgari offered its help by aiding the restoration and homecoming of the two pieces.
Later this year the paintings, View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen will be fully conserved and returned to Amsterdam, to be on display again at the Van Gogh Museum.