Arts : Rembrandt, 2nd Oil Stolen; 2 Held

From Times wire services

A Rembrandt and another 17th-Century Dutch painting were stolen from a government art warehouse, and police today arrested a warehouse employee and her boyfriend as suspects, officials said.

The two paintings, “Man With Beard,” a 1647 work by Rembrandt, and “Winter Landscape With Skaters,” a 1649 painting by Jan van Goyen, were reported missing from the warehouse here on Jan. 20, according to police spokesman Nico Laterveer. The disappearance was made public only today “so as not to jeopardize the investigation,” Laterveer said.

The two suspects, identified only as a 22-year-old administrative employee of the warehouse and her boyfriend, remained in custody. A search of their apartment failed to yield the paintings, whose combined value was estimated at between $474,000 and $711,000.