In March of 1990, two thieves dressed as Boston police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston Massachusetts and successfully executed the largest art ...
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In March of 1990, two thieves dressed as Boston police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston Massachusetts and successfully executed the largest art heist in modern history. Among the thirteen priceless works stolen was Vermeer's "The Concert" one of only 35 of the masters surviving works. Not a single one of the works has been recovered. STOLEN is a full exploration of the Gardner theft, and the fascinating, disparate characters involved: from the 19th century Grand dame Isabella Gardner to a private detective obsessed with finding the art to a terrorist organization with a penchant for stealing Vermeers. Written by
Recovering Stolen Art Requires Equally Artistic Genius
Believing this was intended to be a combination of a clever mystery, and perhaps a pilot film for a cancer victim recouping his great loss through becoming a well-sought after art detective, I watched this develop into lovely if cumbersomely collected art documentary on a number of Vermeer's finest art, as well as a number of Rembrandts, and four other of the greatest artists known.
It seemed a bit of a slow moving hodge-podge of bits of this grotesquely disfigured 75-year man pursuing one tired lead after another cruel prank after having to interview reward-wishing-publicity-seeking people trying to make their names known.
If you love art as I do, you'll put up with the clutter, the slow pace, and having to gaze time and again on this poor man's brutally damaged facial tissue, and totally enjoy the art lesson documentary buried in this hour and twenty-three minute piece ... really not concerned whether you might or might not find all the answers to this perplexing puzzle.
The close-ups of these fantastic art pieces are something most of us have never had, nor might ever have occasion to behold. ENJOY!
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