In the early morning houses of this day (18 March) in 1990, two men dressed as policemen requested entry into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, saying they were responding to calls about a disturbance. Once inside they handcuffed the museum’s two security guards and over the next hour and twenty minutes removed thirteen works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and other masters, valued at over $500 million — the largest single private property theft in world history.
No one has ever been arrested for the Gardner Museum theft, and none of the thirteen stolen works has been recovered. The museum’s reward of $10 million for their safe return remains open. Read more about the theft and about these famous missing works of art at the museum’s website:
The museum today displays empty frames in the wall spaces where the thirteen works had been mounted — an expression of hope that they will one day be recovered.
What artful mysteries have you investigated in your homeschool lately?