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Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists Paperback – July 3, 2012
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“[A] gripping narrative.” ―The Washington Post
“[The authors] interview some of today's highest-profile art thieves . . . The most absorbing part of the entire book is the verbatim testimony from Myles J. Connor about how he cased museums, identified security weaknesses, planned his operations, implemented them, and sought to profit from the art he stole.” ―The Boston Globe
“Anthony Amore and Tom Mashberg have a textured feel for Rembrandt's work.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“A quick and entertaining read.” ―The Christian Science Monitor
“This is a terrific book, and excellently researched.” ―ARTnews
“A detailed look at numerous robberies targeting works by the great Dutch master over the past century. Combining impressive shoe-leather reporting skills with solid art-world knowledge, this fascinating book debunks many myths about museum heists while providing vivid profiles of the criminals and their motives . . . As Amore and Mashberg show, stealing a Rembrandt seldom pays off for the thieves but makes the world at large infinitely poorer. With hard facts and a cleareyed perspective, this book sets the record straight.” ―Associated Press
“The authors smash myth after myth, many of them the result of unrealistic movies of the James Bond variety ... An interesting mish-mash of everything related to the thievery of valuable art.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“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 . . . 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.'” ―Publishers Weekly
“A fast-paced and engrossing exposé of the shady underbelly of the art world.” ―Robert K. Wittman, New York Times bestselling author of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
“You don't have to appreciate art -- just entertaining true-crime stories -- to enjoy 'Stealing Rembrandts.' In this fast-moving account of some of the most daring art heists ever, art security expert Anthony Amore introduces a colorful real-life cast of sticky-fingered art-lovers you won't soon forget, especially the next time you find yourself in a museum checking out an exhibit of Old Masters, or new.” ―Howie Carr, bestselling author of Hitman and The Brothers Bulger
“Authors Amore & Mashberg are the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of the art world. True masters in their own right, they provide an unvarnished look at some of history's most notorious art heists, separating fact from popular fiction and defeating the notion that art theft is a victimless crime. On the contrary, Stealing Rembrandts is proof that plundering art for profit is more dangerous than we could ever have imagined.” ―Casey Sherman, bestselling author of Search for the Strangler, Bad Blood and The Finest Hours
“People often ask me, 'Why would anyone steal a high-profile piece of art? What could they do with it?' If you want answers read Stealing Rembrandts. This finely crafted chronicle of a century of Rembrandt thefts gives the reader rare and intimate access to the strange milieu of the art heist.” ―Rebecca Dreyfus,
“Stealing Rembrandts offers a rare inside look into a world few of us know beyond headlines and Hollywood. By weaving together Rembrandt's own story with exclusive interviews and insights into the men who have stolen his masterpieces, authors Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg do a masterful job of connecting the artist and his thieves across the centuries. Along the way, they explode myths and reveal the true nature of the criminals and their crimes. Most of us can't hope to hang a Rembrandt on our walls, but the good news is that we can eagerly add this book to our collections.” ―Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La
“Stealing Rembrandts is thoroughly researched and filled with memorable characters. It is a fascinating and entertaining read.” ―Milton Esterow, publisher of ARTnews
About the Author
Anthony M. Amore is the head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and contributes to the Boston Herald and The Huffington Post. He serves as trustee of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art and lectures widely on art crime.
Tom Mashberg is an award-winning investigative reporter and the former Sunday editor for the Boston Herald. 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.
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As stated by the authors in the introduction of the book, the goal of the book is twofold: to explain the details of the thefts of Rembrandt's artwork throughout history, and to educate the reader on the man who was Rembrandt. The book succeeds on both accounts.
In this book, you'll read about "The Takeaway Rembrandt", an oil painting by the Dutch master, aptly named because it has been pilfered and recovered a record 4 times. You'll read about "The Stockholm Blitz", a brazen theft of a Rembrandt from a museum in Sweden that involved speed boats, machine guns, and car fires, and its eventual recovery 5 years later through an undercover sting operation. The stories of art theft and recovery can be riveting, and even sometimes amusing, as the book explains.
Rembrandt was a prolific artist, creating thousands of paintings, etchings, and drawings during his life. Great fine arts museums in cities around the world such as Stockholm, Boston, Worcester, Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati, and San Francisco have had their Rembrandts stolen. Art theft is rampant and difficult to combat and causes much disappointment and frustration, since it robs the general public of great cultural works, masterpieces which we may never see again. But thankfully, much stolen art is indeed recovered and returned to its proper owner. These stories give us hope for the future that we will see other famous masterpieces recovered.
This book provided me with interesting insights as to the motives and techniques used by art thieves. ISurprisingly, I have never read anything connected to the actual heist outside of news coverage at the time. I do however wonder about those paintings often. I have always assumed ( incorrectly) that someone somewhere is sitting alone viewing his/her Rembrandt...how very twisted and sad. I now know, that like so many things in our society the real motive is not in these cases, art appreciation but for greed and power.
There is a lot of repetition which actually helped me to recall facts from earlier chapters The author shares fascinating details about real art heists that keep his story moving at a fast pace. I couldn't wait for the next revelation.
I will recommend this book to any Bostonian, my friends connected in any way to the arts or to anyone who likes a good read ,especially non fiction. I really enjoyed it. thanks
muster the gumption to rob a museum
and how the art heists of paintings by one of the world's best known painters are done - less expertly than you would think.
On the other hand the writers handle the subject with great dexterity. Fun book.