Stolen and Stolen Again - A painting by Johannes Vermeer

"Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid" (completed 1670-1671 by Johannes Vermeer) is one of the paintings in the current Vermeer Exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland.

The painting has an interesting recent history.   It was stolen, with other masterpieces in 1974, from Russburough House, the home of Sir Alfred Beit, by armed members of the IRA. Eight days later it was recovered from a cottage in Co. Wicklow.     

In 1986, it was stolen again by a gang led by Dublin gangster, Martin Cahill and held for a ransom of £20 million.  The money was not paid and the painting was later recovered in 1993.   It had already been donated in absentia to the National Gallery of Ireland.   

This painting is one of my favourite paintings.   The wonderful collections at the National Gallery of Ireland provide inspiration for artists and designers today.   

My jewellery design at deblaca is inspired by my own paintings and by the paintings of other artists.


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