He always said that he stole not, collected works that the Church didn’t appreciate. Who has commissioned the theft of the Codex is someone who wants your content. BLOG: The Codex and the civilization of the future Spain Erik the Belgian is the alias of Rene van den Berghe. Us attends in Malaga, where he lives. At age 71, he is now a respectable dealer of Romanesque and Gothic works, a good Restorer and painter in his spare time.
But for decades his name was feared. Considered one of the all-time most important art thieves, six countries came to ask for his extradition. He has always ensured that not he stole, he collected only works that the Church didn’t appreciate and had abandoned and wore them to collectors who Yes valued them and keep them spotless. In Spain stole manuscripts from the eighth century of the Cathedral of El Burgo de Osma (Soria) and the entire collection of the Cathedral Museum of Roda de Isabena (Huesca). Now, retired many years ago, with tired voice he has us enigmatic some clues that may help understand the theft that occurred on Tuesday at the Cathedral of Santiago, the Codex Calixtino in the 12th century, of incalculable value. What makes now? These days I expose in a restaurant with some friends (the Costillodromo, on Malaga) a score of works, all abstract. Unique boxes that I painted in my life. All are already sold.
And that diabetes almost left me blind, but I had the operation and now I see 80%. I can paint. I don’t do anything else. The theft of the Codex Calixtino does recall his years in the art business. The only thing I can say is that I haven’t been, sorry about that (laughs). I have an alibi. I was in my house painting.