The Most Important Pieces of Stolen Art In the World Today

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 30 Dec 2010


We have mentioned this before, but the practice and legacy of stealing near priceless pieces of art is both a nuisance and a reminder that original art remains the most elusive and wanted of material objects in all of the world. Art thievery we are not going to condone, but you begrudgingly follow news of stolen works in admiration of the want of art. The Spanish National Police, which tracks stolen works, has released a video with images of the most wanted paintings.

Works by Picasso, Matisse, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Van Goh, Cézanne and Sorolla were stolen some stolen more than 20 years ago could reach the black market "at an exorbitant price, " according to specialist officers working in their search. (ArtDaily)

One, Auvers Sur Oise by Paul Cézanne was stolen in January 2000 from the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford (United Kingdom).

Another, closer to home, 10 masterpieces valued at $250 million, including Storm on the Sea of Galilee, a painting by Rembrandt from 1663, were stolen from the Gardner Museum in Boston.

We would love to be able to show you the video, but we might not be on the "stolen classical art viewing" list. We want to be. If anyone knows how to get us on, let us know.



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