Van Gogh Painting Stolen from Dutch Museum During Pandemic Is Recovered 

A handout picture released by Dutch art detective Arthur Brand shows a portrait of him posing with the painting title "Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring", painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1884, at his home in Amsterdam on September 11, 2023. (AFP photo /Arthur Brand)
A handout picture released by Dutch art detective Arthur Brand shows a portrait of him posing with the painting title "Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring", painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1884, at his home in Amsterdam on September 11, 2023. (AFP photo /Arthur Brand)
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Van Gogh Painting Stolen from Dutch Museum During Pandemic Is Recovered 

A handout picture released by Dutch art detective Arthur Brand shows a portrait of him posing with the painting title "Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring", painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1884, at his home in Amsterdam on September 11, 2023. (AFP photo /Arthur Brand)
A handout picture released by Dutch art detective Arthur Brand shows a portrait of him posing with the painting title "Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring", painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1884, at his home in Amsterdam on September 11, 2023. (AFP photo /Arthur Brand)

A painting by Vincent Van Gogh that was stolen from a small Dutch museum in 2020 during a COVID-19 lockdown has been recovered, the institution which owns the artwork, said on Tuesday.

"We have incredible good news. The painting 'Spring Garden' ... is back with the Groninger Museum three and half years after the theft," the museum said in a statement.

The painting, which dates from 1884, was stolen from the Museum Singer Laren, east of Amsterdam, where it was on loan for an exhibition.

The theft took place during weeks-long lockdowns around the world as the COVID pandemic took hold.

At the time, Dutch police released security footage showing the moment thieves broke into Singer Laren Museum on March 30, smashing glass doors, to steal the painting.

The artwork depicts the garden of the rectory at Nuenen, the small Dutch town where Van Gogh's parents lived.

"The painting has suffered but - at first sight - it is in good shape," the Groninger Museum said, adding it was now at the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum and it would take weeks or months before it would be returned.

"Police have been closely involved in all phases (of the recovery of the painting). The museum cannot comment on the ongoing inquiry," it said.

The museum also said Arthur Brand, a prominent Dutch art detective, had played a "key role" in the whole process.



‘Compass’ Program Aims to Preserve History of Red Sea and Saudi Arabia’s Western Region

The move is part of a larger regional documentation program to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea. (SPA)
The move is part of a larger regional documentation program to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea. (SPA)
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‘Compass’ Program Aims to Preserve History of Red Sea and Saudi Arabia’s Western Region

The move is part of a larger regional documentation program to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea. (SPA)
The move is part of a larger regional documentation program to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea. (SPA)

The Center for the History of the Red Sea and the West of Saudi Arabia, affiliated with the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), launched on Sunday the “Compass” program, marking the beginning of a series of interactive initiatives aimed at preserving and highlighting the national history of the Red Sea and the Kingdom's western region.

The move is part of a larger regional documentation program initiated by Darah to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea through digital production, culture, arts, emerging technologies, and artificial intelligence.

It includes skill-testing competitions designed to simplify educational content about the Red Sea, accompanied by creative products and solutions, as well as a variety of enrichment activities and ideas.

The program, running daily until July 25, is being held in cooperation with the College of Communication and Media at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, the “Let’s Provide an Initiative” program affiliated with Jeddah Governorate, the Historic Jeddah Program, and the Saudi Committee for Popular Games.

It provides an opportunity for all university students, graduates, and interested individuals to participate and compete by presenting their creative ideas in a stimulating and inspiring environment.