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Lost Art

For this Art Wednesday we’ll look at works that have been stolen and are likely never to be recovered. This Rembrandt—Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633—went missing in the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist in Boston in 1990.

Rembrandt, Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633


Caravaggio, Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence, 1609

Loss Event: Stolen in 1969 in San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily

Estimated Value: $20 million

Caravaggio, Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence, 1609


Gustav Klimt, Portrait of a Lady, 1917

Loss Event: Stolen in February 1997 from the Galleria Ricci-Oddi in Piacenza, Italy

Estimated Value: Priceless

Gustav Klimt, Portrait of a Lady, 1917


Jean-Baptiste Oudry, White Duck, 1753

Loss Event: Stolen in 1990 from Houghton Hall in Norfolk, England.

Estimated Value: $8.8 Million

Jean-Baptiste Oudry, White Duck, 1753


Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge, 1901

Loss Event: Stolen in October 2012 from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam. Presumed burnt.

Estimated Value: Priceless

Monet, Charing Cross Bridge, 1901


Pablo Picasso, Pigeon with Peas, 1911

Loss Event: Stolen in May 2010 from the Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France

Estimated Value: $28 Million

Picasso, Pigeon with Peas, 1911


Raphael, Portrait of a Young Man, 1514

Loss Event: Plundered by the Nazis in Poland in the 1940’s

Estimated Value: $100 million

Raphael, Portrait of a Young Man, 1514


We’ll wrap with my favorite painter in the world.

Vincent Van Gogh, Vase with Lychnis, 1886

Loss Event: Stolen in August 2010 from the Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo, Egypt

Estimated Value: $55 million

Van Gogh, Vase with Lychnis, 1886


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