This weekend, the Wellesley library will host Anthony Amore, head of security at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, to talk about the museum's missing artwork and his co-authored book, Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Story of Notorious Art Heists.
The book, co-written by investigative reporter Tom Mashberg, explores the various Rembrandt artwork heists in the last century, from Stockholm to Boston, as well as the crooks behind the crimes.
Amore has been head of security at the Boston museum since 2005, where he has been working on finding the pieces stolen two decades ago.
According to FBI agents, two men gained access to the Gardner Museum in Boston dressed as police officers on March 18, 1990. Once inside, they overpowered security guards, tied them up, and stole 13 artworks, worth a total of about $500 million. In addition to Degas sketches and Rembrandt works, they took a Vermeer painting that was one of only 36 in existence.
The Gardner Museum has offered a $5 million reward for their return of the 13 works of art.
In March, the FBI said for the first time that investigators had identified the culprits who stole the paintings, and that they had traced some of the art to Philadelphia as recently as a decade ago.
The trail has since gone cold, and the FBI is now hoping a tip from the public will reinvigorate the search, officials have said.
Amore will be in the Wellesley library's Wakelin Room this Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.
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