Public Lecture: "The Art of the Theft"

Public Lecture: "The Art of the Theft"

by Anthony Amore, Director of Security, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

N.C. Wyeth (United States, 1882–1945), Would the Clock Never Strike? Nerves were snapping, but faces gave no hint of it, 1922, oil on canvas, 32 3/8 x 40 1/4 inches. Private collection, 9.2015.6

Enter 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. Drawing on his extensive experience as lead investigator in Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s famous 1990 heist, lecturer Anthony Amore will offer an exhilarating look at the black market of art theft and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures in the world, with a particular emphasis on Rembrandt, whose works are stolen at an alarming rate.

This event is in conjunction with the exhibition The Great N.C. Wyeth Caper: Paintings by America's Storyteller.

Anthony M. Amore is an internationally recognized expert in the field of art theft and is the head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He co-authored the popular book Stealing Rembrandt with investigative reporter Tom Mashberg. His most recent book, The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World, is a New York Times bestseller.

There are lectures at both 6 p.m. Thursday, December 17 and 11 a.m. Friday, December 18. A book signing follows each lecture.

This lecture is part of #ThirdThursPMA, a monthly event at the PMA.

#ThirdThursPMA is supported by the Contemporaries, a membership circle for art enthusiasts ages 21 to 45.
Corporate sponsor: The VIA Agency.
Media sponsor: WHOM.