Still Unsolved: 23 Years Ago Today – Largest Art Theft in History
There is nothing like a good mystery to awaken your creativity. This one happened in Boston nearly a quarter of a century ago and it is still unsolved. To understand the importance of this heist, we need to go back to Boston 1990, in the wee hours of the morning on March 18, 1990. Two men dressed as Boston Police Officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the security guards, then spent over an hour and twenty minutes ripping canvases out of their frames, and eventually walking away with 13 priceless works by masters including Degas, Vermeer, Manet, Rembrandt, and Flinck. Included in the stolen artwork was The Concert by Vemeer, one of only 34 works known to be attributed to the painter. In all, the thieves got away with $500 million dollars worth of art. The case remains open with a $5 million dollar reward offered by the museum. Who did it and where is the artwork? I think the answer lies somewhere in the color GREEN. I’ve been reading – Color: Messages & Meanings and I can tell you Green is a complex and interesting color. The book is hard to keep in stock, but it’s due in next week so get your copy pre-ordered.
Here’s what I’ve found: Isabella Gardener’s first home was at Green Hill. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is located on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Green Line. Vemeer was know for using Green Earth as shadows for flesh tones. The theft happened as revelers were getting their Green On during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The center courtyard of the museum is Green Space. I think it’s time to bring in the experts.