“In fact, if a museum were filled with all of the world’s stolen artworks, it would be the most impressive collection ever created. It would have far more Baroque sculptures, much better Surrealist paintings, and the best Greek antiquities of any known institution. A gallery of stolen art would make the Louvre seem like a small-town art gallery in comparison. Experts call it the Lost Museum.”
— Ulrich Boser, The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft —
Two interesting books about stolen art and art theft: one focusing on the robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 – what many argue is the single largest property theft in recorded history and is still unsolved; the paintings, including a Vermeer, several Rembrandts, a Manet as well as Degas drawings and other paintings and objects have an estimated total value of $500 million and remain missing – and the other centering around the robbery of the National Museum in Oslo in 1994 and the theft of priceless works by Edvard Munch, including one version of his most well known piece, The Scream (there are four Screams). I read the Dolnick book last year, and am currently reading the Boser. No reviews here, just fascinating stuff for anyone interested in the art market, art intrigue, and true crime.