It's a familiar story by now: In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Gardner Museum and stole 13 works of art. But what more do we know of these works? How did they become a part of Isabella Gardner's collection, and how they were taken? Step inside to learn more.
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Wherever you see a Google Street view image like the one at left in this tour, click into it with your mouse and drag in any direction to look around the room.
BEFORE WE BEGIN,
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Gardner Museum is offering a reward of $5 million for information leading to the recovery of these works in good condition.
Have a tip? Contact Anthony Amore, the Gardner Museum's Director of Security, at 617 278 5114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thirteen works of art were stolen from the Gardner in 1990. The entire theft took 81 minutes. Only one was taken from the first floor, most from the second floor, and none from the third floor.
Berenson facilitated the purchase of works through Colnaghi, a London dealer. He met Gardner as a young art historian, and she helped support several years of his study in Europe. By the mid-1890s, he'd guided her through the purchase of some of her most important works—and just as important, the two had become fast friends.
This historic image is annotated "Bernard Berenson as I first saw him - I.S.G."
THANK YOU FOR TAKING OUR TOUR, AND FOR YOUR HELP
Twenty-five years after these works were stolen, the museum remains optimistic that they'll be returned.
We hope this tour contributes to their recovery, and we're heartened by the public's continued interest in bringing them back to the Gardner.
Again, if you have information leading to the return of these works in good condition, the Gardner is offering a $5 million reward. Contact Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Gardner Museum, at 617 278 5114 or email@example.com.
Artwork and historic images ©Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. For more information, visit gardnermuseum.org/resources/theft