The Garden Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser is a compelling true story of art theft and the people who work for years tracking down the missing works. Isabella Stewart Gardner created her own museum adding a stipulation that no artwork could be added or changed. Now, where there were once three Rembrandt’s, a Vermeer, and several Degas, empty frames hang as a reminder of the missing pieces.
In almost 20 years, none of the $300 million worth of paintings has ever been seen. From the original police investigation through the art detective Harold Smith’s investigation and death, Boser finally puts all the pieces together. One of the more fascinating parts of the story is that a few of the most famous pictures were not taken.
This is just one of the books in my obsession with art, theft, and forgeries and it was great. If you like nonfiction or good mysteries, this book will not disappoint. Stayed tuned for Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo.