A collection of 17 posts
How an Art History Teacher Solved Two of the Biggest Mysteries about Van Gogh using Genealogical skills
Did Vincent Van Gogh really cut off his ear or did he only take a small slice? Did Gauguin take if off in a duel following a fight the two artists had that fateful night? Read to know the real story behind this mystery.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft: Part One
The theft of 13 paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 was a brazen act worth about $500 million in value and remains unsolved over 30 years later. There is a reward for information on offer worth $10 million!
Missing part of "Broughty Ferry Harbour, Dundee" by Ian Morrison, Alberto Morrocco and David McClure
In 1964 art student Ian Morrison sketched a composition for the "Broughty Ferry Harbour, Dundee". His tutors were Alberto Morrocco and David McClure. The 3 men created the painting together but we are looking for a missing part to the image. Perhaps you can help.
The intriguing story of the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I": Part Three
The conclusion to the story concerning the ownership of five Klimt paintings stolen by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer family is a testament to the courage and tenacity of a young lawyer called Eric Randol (Randy) Schoenberg and an 80+year old woman Maria Altmann
The intriguing story of the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I": Part Two
Continuing the incredible story of the theft of the Gustav Klimt "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer" and the amazing fight against the Austrian Gov for years to reclaim it and other Klimt paintings. You will be amazed by the twists and turns in this story.
The intriguing story of the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I": Part One
"Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer" by Gustav Klimt is a beautiful painting with an incredible life - stolen by the Nazis, given to the Galerie Belvedere, Vienna and then centre in a court case when Maria Altmann, niece of the original owner went to court for 7 years claiming possession.
The Last "Vermeers": Part Two
In the 2nd post on the greatest art crime of the C20th we learn how Dutch artist and forger Han van Meegeren duped Hermann Göring who purchased for 1.6 million guilders "Christ with the woman taken in adultery" believing it was by C17th painter Johannes Vermeer.
The Last "Vermeers": Part One
The art crime pulled off by Dutch painter Han van Meegeren was audacious and contains a wonderful mix of larger than life characters full of hubris, revenge, jealousy, chutzpah and undoubtedly talent. We promise you will be enthralled with this true story.
Looting of Art during WWII: Restitution
Andrew and I are back with the next post in our series on Art Crimes. Today we begin to tackle the greatest crime involving works of art the world has ever seen. We refer to, of course, the Nazi plunder of art works and other precious items during WWII. Image: mirror.co.uk
Mystery, intrigue and crime surrounds Alfred Sisley and his beautiful Impressionist paintings: Part Two
Part 2 of the mysteries and crimes surrounding the paintings of Alfred Sisley we learn that many of his paintings are most likely being hidden by the villagers in the French town when Sisley lived. And we also learn about his most famous painting stolen several times. Image credit: sartle.com
Mystery, intrigue and crime surrounds Alfred Sisley and his beautiful Impressionist paintings: Part One
Alfred Sisley might very well ponder where all his paintings have disappeared to. Today Andrew and I start unravelling the mysteries and crimes surrounding the beautiful Impressionist paintings of Sisley. Image credit: wikiart.org
Art Crimes start way back in history with the long established practice of "looting treasures" by the victor of a conflict. Did you know those magnificent bronze horses that once adorned St Marks Basilica, Venice were looted from Constantinople? Image credit: en.wikipedia.org