İrem Uzun -TDO- A painting by impressionist master Vincent van Gogh was stolen from a Dutch museum overnight, according to officials, after the museum had been closed in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. Police are investigating a break-in at a Dutch art museum that is currently closed because of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, the museum and police said Monday.
The stolen painting was "The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring," one of multiple works van Gogh had painted of that location in his lifetime. The value of the painting remains unclear, according to the Associated Press, and had been on loan to the Singer Laren Museum for an exhibition. “I am shocked and unbelievably pissed off,” said museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm of the theft during a Monday press conference.
It also remains unclear if any additional works were stolen from the museum, according to CNBC, while the police said that a team of forensics and art theft experts are studying surveillance footage and questioning neighbors. The Groninger Museum that loaned the van Gogh said in a statement that it is “shocked by the news” and that “because of the police investigation, it must decline further comment on the matter.” Authorities were also speaking to local residents. They called on anyone who noticed anything suspicious around the museum to come forward.
Dutch museums have been closed because of the coronavirus outbreak since March 12. Netherlands has claimed 865 cases, with nearly 12,000 confirmed cases so far.