The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, January 29, 2015

FBI provides new information regarding the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist
A digital billboard by the side of Route 93 advertises a reward for the return of stolen art work outside Boston, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. On March 18, 1990, thieves disguised as policemen broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 works of art including Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea.
BOSTON (AFP).- The FBI said Monday that they finally know who conducted a daring art heist in Boston exactly 23 years ago -- but the thieves can no longer be prosecuted.

For two decades, the 1990 theft of 13 works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, including rare paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer, has been one of America's greatest unsolved crimes.

Now, says the FBI's Boston chief Richard DesLauriers, agents "confirmed the identity of those who entered the museum and others associated with the theft."

At a news conference, he touted "significant investigative progress."

But there are two big hitches.

First, the thieves who hit the museum dressed as Boston police officers essentially got away with it -- because the robbery "occurred 23 years ago, the statute of limitations has run" out, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz told reporters.

The prosecutor said the only likely prosecutions were over "criminal liability for anyone in possession."

In addition, the FBI still doesn't know where the masterpieces are hidden.

DesLauriers said it was clear now for the first time that the art had been stolen by "a criminal organization with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England" and about a decade ago was brought, in part, to Philadelphia.

"We do not know where the art is currently located," he said, describing the paintings' fate as having been "secreted, unseen and unappreciated."

Officials said they wanted to spread news about the unclaimed $5 million reward for information leading to the paintings' recovery and to appeal for tips.

Ortiz also put out another piece of bait: immunity from prosecution.

There is "potential for immunity to anyone connected," she said, adding that there was no guarantee of "blanket immunity without knowing the specifics."

The apparent progress in one of history's greatest art thefts, also including works by Manet and Renoir, comes exactly 23 years since the thieves conned their way into the museum after hours.

Once in, they tied up the two guards and "roamed the galleries," according to the account from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Only the next morning when the new shift arrived were the bound guards -- and the robbery -- discovered.

© 1994-2013 Agence France-Presse

Today's News

March 19, 2013

FBI provides new information regarding the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist

On long-term loan from a private New York collection, Rembrandt visits the Brooklyn Museum

Rembrandt self-portrait hanging in a British stately home confirmed in Britain

British police probe death of Hockney 'assistant' and close friend of the painter

Q&A with Isabelle Dervaux, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at The Morgan Library & Museum

Jose Clemente Orozco mural at Dartmouth one of 13 new National Historic Landmarks

Legendary Chicago-based photojournalist Art Shay exhibits at drkrm in Los Angeles

14th-century Yuan Dynasty jar tops $1.3M at I.M. Chait March 17 Asia Week sale

Palm Beach Modern's auction features unprecedented selection of French, Italian & American modern design

Poly Auction Hong Kong 2013 Spring Auction & Preview to be held from 3rd to 7th April

The "Gianni Mattioli Collection: Early 20th Century Italian Art" on view at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

'Against the Grain' at the Museum of Arts and Design explores emerging trends in contemporary woodworking

Miami Art Museum explores Latin American works from the collection gift of Jorge M. Pérez

Exhibition revisits the Whitechapel Gallery's 1951 show Black Eyes and Lemonade

Intricately carved rare rhinoceros horn discovered at a valuation day in Surrey to be sold at auction

Gavin Gardiner Ltd. to sell "Russian" Purdey presented to British Prime Minister by Krushchev

Bank Art Fair 2013 to be held at Island Shangri-la Hotel, Hong Kong

Heritage Auctions' Estate event achieves $2.3+ million

galerie antoine ertaskiran in Montreal opens Juan Ortiz-Apuy's first solo exhibition

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Egypt conservationists to sue over 'botched' Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun mask repair

2.- Scrolls scorched by Vesuvius may be read again thanks to 21st century technology

3.- Italian government seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record 45-million-euro haul

4.- Remains of at least five people found in Alexander the Great-era tomb in Amphipolis

5.- Munich poised to lift ban on Holocaust memorial project known as Stolpersteine

6.- Rare coin records smashed by Heritage Auctions at Florida United Numismatists Convention

7.- Bonhams to offer Alan Turing's hidden manuscript on the foundations of mathematics and computer science

8.- Jane Wilson, painter of luminous landscapes, dies at the age of 90 in New York

9.- First exhibition in the UK to examine Rubens’ influence on art history opens in London

10.- Paul Simonon presents a series of new paintings at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site