The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Art Heist
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art — including pieces by Vermeer, Rembrant, Manet, and Degas — were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Estimates have valued the stolen works for as much as $500 million. But despite help from the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and a $5 million reward, the case remains unsolved.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist has captured Boston's imagination for the past 23 years. You can catch up on WGBH News' ongoing coverage of the topic through the links below.
The key word to think about when trying to get your head around the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist is “organized.” But how organized? And how might the theft be connected to Philadelphia?
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers of the FBI discuss the recent developments of the 23-year-old art heist, the 5 million-dollar reward that's gone unclaimed, and why officials won't name the individuals they think are responsible for the crime.
They know who, but they're not saying. Officials from the FBI, U.S. Attorney's office and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum held a press conference detailing new developments in the investigation of the 1990 art heist.
The FBI wants current and past residents of Philadelphia and Connecticut to take a look at online images of the missing paintings, in case they look familiar.
The FBI said it also know where the art was taken after the theft, though not where it is now.
In their book "Stealing Rembrandts," former Boston Herald Sunday editor Tom Mashberg and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum security chief Anthony Amore team up to debunk some common myths about art heists.
Emily Rooney discusses a lead in the heist, when investigators suspected Robert Gentile. Gentile was in prison awaiting federal gun and drug charges, which his lawyers said was really a ruse to pressure Gentile to tell what he knows of the heist of 13 pieces worth as much as $500 million.
Boston Public Radio interviews writer B.A. Shapiro, who decided to use the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist as a springboard for a new novel, called “The Art Forger.”