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Van Gogh Works Temporarily Removed From Amsterdam Museum

More than 70 works by Vincent van Gogh have been temporarily removed from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and taken to The Hermitage, a Dutch satellite of the Russian state Hermitage Museum.

The paintings will be returned to the Van Gogh Museum by April 2013 after the museum undergoes renovations, according to a statement on the museum's website.

The paintings, which include many of van Gogh's greatest masterpieces -- such as "Sunflowers," ''Irises," and "Wheatfield With Crows" -- were transported overnight under police escort.

They were packed in hard-shell cases resistant to temperature changes and bumps.

Based on reporting by AP and RFE/RL