Still trying to prove that they are up and comers on the art scene a painting by Dutch painter Rembrandt was recovered in Serbia this week. No longer content to be known as stellar soccer hooligans and prolific drinkers the Serbian people are desperate to show the world that they are becoming more refined.
During a closed-door meeting, top officials decided it would be best for them to begin stealing priceless works of art rather than smoked meats and artisan cheeses. The plan has worked as now Serbia has become known for their taste in stolen art. Locals on the street however fear that it is still not good enough and have decided that they will attempt to steal a vineyard from France. No details yet on the plan.
Odds are that the public will not know if they were successful or not for many years after the heist.
A painting by the 17th Century Dutch painter Rembrandt has been recovered by police in Serbia, seven years after it was stolen.
The portrait of the artist’s father has been valued at almost $4m (£2.7m) and has been stolen twice in the space of 10 years.
Police recovered the painting 60 km (40 miles) south of Novi Sad, where it was stolen from the city museum.
Three other paintings stolen at the same time are still missing.
“Portrait of the Father” was recovered in the town of Sremska Mitrovica. The painting was previously found in Spain after an earlier theft in 1996.
Police have arrested four people in connection with the 2006 case.
In an unrelated note, my wife has family both in Amsterdam and Serbia that we will be visiting next month and we have been told to bring 4 empty suitcases for souvenirs.
Full story here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21765477
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- Stolen Rembrandt Found in Serbia, Four Arrested (galleristny.com)
- Serbian Police Recover Stolen Rembrandt (rferl.org)
- Serbian police find Rembrandt stolen in 2006 (telegraph.co.uk)
- Rembrandt – An Artist’s Tragedy (wordarian.com)