Stolen Paintings: Art has been stolen throughout history. Two of the worst examples are when the Nazis stole millions of dollars worth of art and a brazen robbery of a Boston museum. The Nazis stole art throughout their conquered countries and intended to have one grand museum full of the masterpieces. When it became inevitable that they would lose the war, they began to destroy the pieces. Thanks to the efforts of the Monuments Men, many of the pieces were saved, though, unfortunately, some were destroyed or lost.
In 1990, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was the scene of a robbery that included the loss of half a billion dollars worth of paintings, including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Manet, and sketches by Edgar Degas. Now, 25 years later, the paintings have still not been recovered and no one has been arrested for the crime. As an article on NPR stated, the museum “houses a world-class art collection. But in the last two decades it’s been better known for the art that isn’t there.”