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Anthony M. Amore
The empty frame that once held Johannes Vermeer’s The Concert (c. 1664) vexes Anthony Amore daily at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. As its head of security and chief theft investigator since 2015, Mr. Amore has long been on the hunt for this painting and the 12 others that were stolen in 1990. His efforts have been “making the haystack smaller,” and he vows that, one day, he’ll “find the needle.” Come hear about the Cape’s connection to the theft.
The True Story of International Art Theft
Art theft is a multi-billion dollar per year illicit industry, and the world’s most significant heists share one thing in common: the priceless works of Rembrandt. The great Dutch Master’s paintings are known for their value by everyone, from high school dropouts to museum curators. While Hollywood has portrayed the theft of high-value paintings as the work of dashing, likeable thieves working to steal art for evil, reclusive geniuses, in fact that’s nothing like the reality of art theft. Instead, it’s much more interesting. Amore takes his audience behind the scenes of the most notorious of these heists, telling the true story of art crime from the conception of the crime to the recovery of the art.
Antony M. Amore is a security expert, investigator and bestselling author. At present he is the head of security and chief investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He has been described as “among the most innovative and most effective, museum security directors in the world”. He also heads the museum’s own investigation into the infamous theft of 13 priceless works for art from the Gardner- the largest property theft in world history. Prior to joining the Gardner Museum, Amore was an assistant director with the Transportation Security Administration where he helped to rebuild security at Logan Airport after the tragic events of 9/11. He is also a former special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration where he was the lead agent responding to the Richard Reid “shoebomber” attack. His book “Stealing Rembrandts” was a Wall Street Journal True Crime bestseller.