- Published: New York, NY : Smithsonian Books : Collins, c2008.
- Year Published: 2008
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 260 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
- Theft from museums -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
- Art thefts -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
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The Gardner heist : the true story of the world's largest unsolved art theft
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Call number: 364.162 Bo
The storm on the sea of Galilee : a disturbance in the courtyard -- Chez Tortoni : the art detective -- A lady and gentlemen in black : it was a passion -- The concert : the picture habit -- Cortege aux environs de Florence : the art of the theft -- Landscape with an obelisk : something that big -- Ku : unfinished business -- Three mounted jockeys : infiltrate and infatuate -- Self-portrait : I was the one -- Program for an artistic soiree : any news on your side -- Program for an artistic soiree II : where's Whitey? -- La sortie de pesage : put my picture on the cover -- Finial : like a spiderweb.
"One museum, two thieves, and the Boston underworld--the story behind the lost Gardner masterpieces worth $500 million and the art detective who swore to get them back." -- cover.
He weaves in the museum background, a brief history of the world of art theft and museum security standards and glimpses of the adventures of artwork once it's on the lam. Boser manages to make it both educational and exciting - all the background provided makes the details of the Gardner heist more interesting.
However, my adoration for the book faded slightly toward the end. Boser's decision to solve the crime on his own was ludicrous. His attempt, which mostly consisted of talking to untrustworthy "connections" and scoping out Irish bars for Whitey Bulger, came off as a childish foray into art crime superhero-ism.
I thought it was an example of how wrapped up an author can get in the story being researched. I'm fine with passion for subject, but this fantasy of being a lost art savior was ridiculous. He could be equally helpful by looking into every dumpster he passes in case Vermeer's "The Concert" happens to be hidden there.
If you are an art lover, if you enjoy a real-life unsolved mysteries, you are definitely going to enjoy this book. And if you happen to solve it, please let Ulrich Boser know.
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