Twenty-five years after thieves stole 13 invaluable artworks from its collection, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum honors the missing works with a virtual tour exploring each one of them, along with lectures about the theft by the Museums security director.
Although a quarter century has passed since the art was stolen, we have always been determined to recover it and we remain optimistic that we will. said Anne Hawley, the Gardner Museums Director. On this anniversary, we will honor the missing artworks. They are an irreplaceable part of our cultural heritage, and we want to keep them present in the minds of the public.
In partnership with the FBI and U.S. Attorneys office, the Gardner Museums investigation to recover the missing artworks, which were stolen over the course of an 81-minute robbery in the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, remains open and active.
This month, the Museum will mark the anniversary of the theft in three ways:
· This week the Museum launched a virtual tour, Thirteen Works: Explore the Gardners Stolen Art, on its website
. Using Google Art, high-resolution images of the artwork, and archival images, the tour will explore the history of the artworks and how Isabella Stewart Gardner acquired them. The museum will also highlight the artworks on its social media channels in the days leading up to March 18.
· On March 18 and March 26, Anthony Amore, the Gardner Museums Director of Security, will deliver a lecture, 81 Minutes, where he will walk audiences through the events of 25 years ago. The March 18 lecture will be open to museum members only.
· The Museums docents will now include a discussion of the theft and the missing artworks in their introductions to the Museum and tours of the collection, which are offered to the public on most days that the Museum is open.
The Museum is offering a reward of $5 million, guaranteed by its Board of Trustees, for information leading to the recovery of the works in good condition. The Museum encourages anyone with information about the location of the stolen artworks to contact Amore directly at 617-278-5114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of the time when great masterpieces are stolen and recovered, recovery happens either immediately or a generation later, said Amore. We are working hard every day to follow every lead and find these artworks. We continue to partner closely on the investigation with the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys office, who share our resolve to bring these artworks home.