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The Gardner Museum doubled the award for information on the biggest theft in history.

The Board of Trustees of the Isabella Museum Stuart Gardner in Boston of America announced that it would double the reward for information that would lead to the return of thirteen works of art stolen from the institution 27 years ago. Anyone who tells about the whereabouts of the priceless canvases of Vermeer, Rembrandt, Manet, Degas, and other masters will receive not 5 million dollars, but 10.Offer valid until midnight December 31, 2017.Departure from the paddock Edgar DegaXIX century, 16 × 10.5 cm Recall that in the early morning of March 18, 1990, a pair of robbers dressed as Boston police officers entered the Gardner Museum and carried out 13 exhibits. Among them was one of the only 36 well-known paintings by Jan Vermeer “Concert”, the only seascape. The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting contribute to the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read more Rembrandt “Christ during a storm on the Sea of ​​Galilee”, his “Mister and Lady in Black”, portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more "At Tortoni" by Edouard Manet and the genre scene "Departure from the paddock" by Edgar Degas.Concert by Jan Vermeer 1660, 72.5 × 64.7 cm The plunder of the Gardner Museum in Boston remains the largest theft of works of art in history. The total value of the items handed out is estimated at $ 500 million, and Vermeer's Concert and Rembrandt's Storm are among the most valuable stolen objects in the world. “Isabella Stewart Gardner purchased these works of art for the“ education and eternal enjoyment of the public, ”said Steve Kidder, President of the Gardner Museum Board. “We sincerely hope that, having increased the remuneration, we will demonstrate our determination to return the works to their rightful place.”In Tortoni, Edouard Manet 1875, 26 × 34 cm After the theft, the museum management decided not to hang other canvases instead of the lost masterpieces, but left empty frames on the walls with the names of artists as a symbol of hope for the return of the paintings.
In 1997, the museum increased remuneration for information on stolen works from one to five million dollars. It has become the largest private award in the world. Now, twenty years later, this amount has doubled.Mr. and Dame in Black Rembrandt Harmens van Rein, 1633, 131.6 × 109 cm Two years ago, the FBI published a videotape made the day before the crime. It was supposed to have captured one of the intruders in preparation for the robbery. Then an unknown person addressed the investigators who claimed that he knew the person on the video. Unfortunately, after this, no other information was received about the investigation. “Usually, the lost masterpieces are either soon after the theft or a generation later,” said the head of the museum’s security service, Anthony Amor. “We remain optimistic about the fact that these works will eventually be returned.” Art: read us in the Telegram and look at Instagram On the materials of the official website of the Isabella Museum Steward Gardner. Main illustration: a fragment of Rembrandt's painting “Christ during a storm in the Sea of ​​Galilee” (1633)