Author(s): Anthony M. Amore
Published to widespread media attention, Stealing Rembrandts is a glimpse into the criminal world of international art theft, which exceeds $6 billion a year. 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 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.
"[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 expose of the shady underbelly of the art world."--Robert K. Wittman, "New York Ti
ANTHONY M. AMORE is the head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and contributes to The Boston Herald and 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.
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