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A spellbinding journey into the high-stakes world of art theft

Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted.

In Stealing Rembrandts, 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 around the world - from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio - the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence. They also show how museums are thwarted in their ability to pursue the thieves - even going so far as to conduct investigations on their own, far away from the maddening crowd of police intervention, sparing no expense to save the priceless masterpieces.

Stealing Rembrandts is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind look at the black market of art theft, and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures the world has ever known.

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"Art history meets C.S.I. in this account of the theft of works by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, the most prolific master painter of the Dutch Golden Age. Amore and Mashberg narrate heists ranging from noir to farce, weaving in details about the historical relevance of each work and background on the artist. Some thieves prove more cunning than others, but the star is Myles Connor, the mastermind behind a daring lift from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts that is reminiscent of a Hollywood movie. Even on paper, Connor comes off so beguiling and debonair that his chapter outshines the occasionally lackluster companion pieces. However, these cases provide insight into the psychology and even the philosophy of art thieves. They also provoke questions about the purpose of such thefts given that it is nearly impossible to re-sell world famous pieces of art. Overall, the authors convey the importance of Rembrandt's works as historical and cultural touchstones and argue that art theft is a 'crime against all of us.' Amore himself is plagued by the theft of three Rembrandts from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he serves as head of security. That mystery, for now, remains unsolved. Photos. "
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Unlike the glamour and intrigue in James Bond films or literary mysteries, art theft is no "Dr. No", as Amore (head of security, Isabella Stewart Gardner museum) and Mashberg (investigative reporter) explain artfully. In reality, most of the thieves are not wealthy masterminds seeking to add to their private collection, but penny-ante burglars and robbers whose rap sheets include home invasions, bank robberies or drug dealing. Inspired by a series of thefts of three Rembrandts and other rare gems in 1990, the authors give the inside scoop on the heists, the investigation, and even Rembrandt himself. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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 around the world—from Stockholm to Boston—the authors track daring entries and escapes from the worlds most renowned museums. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence.

Synopsis:

Art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion dollars in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. In Stealing Rembrandts, authors Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major art heists of the Dutch Master in the last century. Through thefts around the world—from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio—the authors track daring entries into and escapes from the world’s most renowned museums, and robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings. Stealing Rembrandts is a dramatic and brilliant account that lets you peek into the alluring and little-known criminal art world.

About the Author

Anthony M. Amore is a columnist with the Boston Herald and the head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum since 2005, where he is charged with efforts to recover 13 works of art stolen on March 18, 1990. He regularly blogs for The Huffington Post, drawing on his 15 years of national security, law, intelligence and crisis management experience with two federal government agencies, including his part in stopping the so-called "Shoe-Bomber" in 2001. Amore is also a trustee of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art and a lecturer in the study of art crime.

Tom Mashberg is an award-winning investigative reporter and the former Sunday Editor for the Boston Herald newspaper. During his 30-year career he has reported for The New York Times and The Boston Globe, as well as writing for Vanity Fair and many other publications. He was called “the quintessential newspaperman” by FOX-TV’s America’s Most Wanted.

Table of Contents

Authors' Forewords

Introduction: Why Rembrandt?

There Is No 'Dr. No'

Smeared with Blood: The 1972 Worcester Heist

The Take-Away Rembrandt

Snafu in Cincinnati: 1973

Wolves at the Door: Heists from Homes

Devil's Bargain: The MFA Heist

2000: The Stockholm Blitz

The Rembrandt That Wasn't

Rembrandt's Stolen Etchings

Epilogue: Our Debt to Rembrandt

Target Rembrandt: The List of Thefts

Acknowledgements

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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maura1314, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by maura1314)
Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists continues to be my favorite book of 2011! I reread it on the ferry on the way to work and was so engrossed that I didn't even notice that the boat had broken down. Not normally a true crime fan, the theft of these masterpieces and the description of the often hilarious characters who commited them was at times unbelievable and very entertaining. A combination of mystery, suspense, law enforcement and art history--this book is different than any book I've read before!
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MOB, July 20, 2011 (view all comments by MOB)
As a frequent visitor to museums, I found Stealing Rembrandts by Anthony Amore and Tom Mashberg a fascinating read. Amore and Mashberg detail nine separate thefts in well researched (having interviewed museum and law enforcement personnel in addition to art thieves themselves) yet entertaining case studies. With just the right amount of art history thrown in, Stealing Rembrandts is suspenseful and informative--shattering the myths of art theft that I had come to believe, shedding light on investigations and reinforcing how lucky we are to be able to view these masterpieces in most major cities.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780230108530
Author:
Amore, Anthony M
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Amore, Anthony M. M.
Author:
Amore, Anthony M.
Author:
Mashberg, Tom
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
General True Crime
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 8-page black-and-white phot
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.22 x 6.21 x 0.78 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Art history meets C.S.I. in this account of the theft of works by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, the most prolific master painter of the Dutch Golden Age. Amore and Mashberg narrate heists ranging from noir to farce, weaving in details about the historical relevance of each work and background on the artist. Some thieves prove more cunning than others, but the star is Myles Connor, the mastermind behind a daring lift from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts that is reminiscent of a Hollywood movie. Even on paper, Connor comes off so beguiling and debonair that his chapter outshines the occasionally lackluster companion pieces. However, these cases provide insight into the psychology and even the philosophy of art thieves. They also provoke questions about the purpose of such thefts given that it is nearly impossible to re-sell world famous pieces of art. Overall, the authors convey the importance of Rembrandt's works as historical and cultural touchstones and argue that art theft is a 'crime against all of us.' Amore himself is plagued by the theft of three Rembrandts from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he serves as head of security. That mystery, for now, remains unsolved. Photos. "
Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 around the world—from Stockholm to Boston—the authors track daring entries and escapes from the worlds most renowned museums. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence.
"Synopsis" by ,

Art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion dollars in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. In Stealing Rembrandts, authors Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major art heists of the Dutch Master in the last century. Through thefts around the world—from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio—the authors track daring entries into and escapes from the world’s most renowned museums, and robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings. Stealing Rembrandts is a dramatic and brilliant account that lets you peek into the alluring and little-known criminal art world.

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