Library Event: Stealing Rembrandts

Author Visit: Anthony M Amore
Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 pm

s.rembrandtsToday, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. In Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists, art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts are the world–from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio–the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world’s most renowned museums.

Anthony Amore is an expert in security matters, especially those related to homeland security and cultural property protection. He is Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he is charged with the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990. His work as security director has been highlighted in the book Art and Crime: Exploring the Dark Side of the Art World, which describes him as “among the most innovative, and most effective, museum security directors in the world.”

Please register if you are planning to attend this event: online or by phone at 978-774-0554.

Can’t get enough? Try one of these art heist titles:

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft

The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities

The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures by Philip Mould
“Philip Mould has been so successful at discovering buried treasures that he’s affectionately known as “the art detective.” Now, at last, he has decided to let the eleven million fans of Antiques Roadshow in on his secrets. Each chapter revolves around a particular painting and the people who helped unmask its creator’s identity-from an ingeniously forged Norman Rockwell (good enough to fool the Rockwell Museum) to a Winslow Homer found in a dump”

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K Wittman
“Armed with a scholar’s passion, a con man’s smile, and a daredevil’s nerves, Wittman–former leader of the FBI’s Art Crime Team–had pulled off undercover operations all over the world. In “Priceless,” he reveals the greatest unsolved art heist of the 20th century–and the stories behind the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities.”

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

Fiction:

The Art Forger: A Novel

The Art Thief: A Novel

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
“Severing his ties with the Office to care for his traumatized wife after a violent showdown with Ivan Kharkov, Gabriel is reluctantly drawn into a case involving a murdered art restorer and discovers unsettling links between the killers and a recently discovered Rembrandt.”

Death and Restoration

Title links lead to the NOBLE catalog. Summaries excerpted from the publisher.
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