Stealing Rembrandts
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Gardner Museum's Dutch Room still displays empty frames where Rembrandt's "A Lady and Gentleman in Black" and "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" once hung.

The Gardner Museum’s Dutch Room still displays empty frames where Rembrandt’s “A Lady and Gentleman in Black” and “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” once hung.

On the night of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the Museum’s galleries, stealing 13 works of art including Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” and “A Lady and Gentleman in Black”. This was one of the largest and most notorious art thefts in history and remains unsolved today. Join the Belmont Historical Society for an illustrated lecture by Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum where he also serves as chief investigator working to recover the stolen works taken in the infamous 1990 heist. The lecture will cover the true story of art crime, with a discussion of three of history’s most significant art thefts – all of which occurred here in Massachusetts and involved the theft of Rembrandt masterpieces. We will learn about the sorts of people who commit art theft, why they do it, and what becomes of the art. The lecture will feature images from art crimes that have rarely been shown to the public before.

Prior to his work with the Gardner Museum, Anthony Amore was senior Homeland Security official in Massachusetts and was the FAA’s lead special agent responding to the terrorist attack attempted by Richard Reid, the so-called “Shoe bomber”. Anthony also provides security analysis for Fox 25 News in Boston. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Stealing Rembrandts, and his upcoming  book The Art of the Con will be published in 2015. Copies of Stealing Rembrandts will be available at the lecture.

  • Free and open to the public
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 7:30 pm
  • Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
  • Refreshments will be served.

Future Events

  • Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm: A surprise musical program for the holiday season.
  • January, 2015: No program.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Terry Alan Bragg, Historian at McLean Hospital, will speak about the history of this world-famous hospital located in Belmont.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Dan Leclerc, retired history teacher, former Belmont Selectman, and former Vice-President of the Belmont Historical Society, will speak about Belmont and World War I.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Gerry Wright will present his one-man play honoring the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture who designed the grounds of McLean Hospital and Boston’s “Emerald Necklace” among many other famous parks.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Viktoria Haase, Belmont Historical Society Curator, will present a special program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the rejuvenation of the Society.

Check this page for more information about each of these programs as the dates approach.