Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Has the Greatest Art Theft Ever Finally Been Solved?

On the morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as Boston police walked into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and 81 minutes later walked out with an estimated $500 million USD worth of fine art, including Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee and Vermeer’s The Concert (shown above; detail). Ever since that infamous day, empty frames occupy the missing artwork’s former locations on the walls of the Gardner Museum. Those frames might be filled once again, however, if a new announcement by the F.B.I. that they’re close to cracking the case is true. Timed on the 23rd anniversary of the crime, the F.B.I.’s claim raises hopes that the greatest art theft and one of the most followed and well-documented art crime investigations might finally be solved. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Has the Greatest Art Theft Ever Finally BeenSolved?"

[Image: Jan Vermeer. The Concert (detail), 1665-1666.]

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