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Painting's brush with history will make it a star attraction

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The Cornfield by Dutch painter Jacob van Ruisdael may not be as well-known as one of the same name by English artist John Constable, but it has a history that sets it apart in the world of art.

It was stolen three times from the Wicklow home of former British MP Sir Alfred Beit - including once by the IRA and once by notorious Dublin criminal Martin Cahill. Now it is on display in the Ulster Museum, having been donated to National Museums NI in lieu of death duties on the estate of Sir Alfred's uncle, Sir Otto Beit.

It is a past more colourful than the artwork itself that will ensure it steals the show while on display. And, hopefully, no one will try to steal it.

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