Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum extends offer of $10 million reward

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has extended its offer of a $10 million reward for information leading to the return of more than a dozen artworks stolen 27 years ago. It remains the largest unsolved art theft to date, despite decades of investigation by the museum, the FBI, and the US Attorney’s office. 27 years later, none of the artworks has been recovered and the thieves are still at large.
Govaert Flinck’s Landscape with an Obelisk (1638).

'The Concert' one of 34 known works by Vermeer and the most valuable stolen painting at over $200 million.
Some $500 million worth of art, including Rembrandt’s 'Storm on the Sea of Galilee' was stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in March 1990. The Gardner heist was carried out by two men dressed in police uniforms who apparently overpowered a night security guard who had buzzed them in. During a polygraph test, 82-year-old Hartford mobster Robert Gentile had an intense reaction when shown images of the missing paintings, while he remained calm when shown unrelated artwork. The museum initially offered a reward of $5 million. In 2017 this was doubled to $10 million with an expiration date set to the end of the year.

'A Lady and Gentleman in Black' by Rembrandt, painted in 1633.
Almost 30 years after the heist, the empty frames still hang in the Gardner Museum.

'Chez Tortoni' by Manet.

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