Seven paintings by 17th Century Dutch artists and valued at 150,000 guilders (17,500 sterling) were stolen from a museum on Tuesday (5 October) morning.
GV PAN..Art Museum
CU Sign 'Dortrecht Museum'
CU Door which thieves used to enter building
SV PAN TILT..up to Museum interior
GV PAN..Paintings and empty frames
SV Paintings on wall
CU Paintings (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR.. Museum
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Background: Seven paintings by 17th Century Dutch artists and valued at 150,000 guilders (17,500 sterling) were stolen from a museum on Tuesday (5 October) morning.
The canvasses were removed from their frames by thieves who broke into the museum by forcing the front door. The paintings were by Arnold Houbraken, Benjamin Gerritz Cuyp, Albert Cuyp (two), Aert Van der Meer, Jan Olis, and Rainier Covijn.
The theft is the latest in a series of art robberies in Western Europe.
SYNOPSIS: Thieves stole seven paintings by 17th Century Dutch artists from a museum in Dortrecht, Holland, early on Tuesday morning. Police said the thieves broke into the building by forcing the front door. The missing paintings are valued at 150,000 guilders, and include one by the Dutch master, Aert Van der Meer,and two by Albert Cuyp.
The other paintings were by Houbraken, Benjamin Cuyp, Olis and Covijn. The theft was the latest in a series of art robberies in Western Europe. A week earlier, a Vermeer "The Love Letter", valued at over one million pounds was cut from its frame in a Brussels museum while on loan from Amsterdam. A few days later, works of art valued at over 20,000 pounds disappeared from another Dutch museum in Alkmaar.