Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 29, 2013

Art-crime expert to give inside track on Gardner Museum heist


The Andover Townsman

---- — Anthony Amore, director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and an expert on art crime, will highlight famous capers in the art world in a program on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library on North Main Street.

Protecting cultural property is a never-ending job for any art museum, Amore says in a release. But despite advanced security technologies, thieves are still able to slip past security and steal precious and highly valuable pieces, he says.

Amore will discuss what drives a thief to steal a piece of artwork right off a museum wall, often in broad daylight, and what really happens to the artwork after it’s stolen.

His lecture will include details about the world’s most significant art crimes, including the unsolved Gardner Museum heist in 1990 when two thieves — disguised as policemen — stole 13 pieces of artwork valued at $500 million. Amore has been leading the efforts to track down the missing artwork since joining the museum in 2005.

Amore is the co-author of “Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists” with investigative reporter Tom Mashberg.

For more on the program, contact Memorial Hall Library at 978-623-8401 or visit www.mhl.org.