Throughout six centuries, the Ghent Altarpiece, also called “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb,” has been burned, forged, and raided in three different wars. It is, in fact, the world's most stolen artwork— and is considered one of the most influential paintings ever made.
Perhaps the most famous case of art theft occurred on August 21, 1911, when the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre by employee Vincenzo Peruggia, who was caught after two years.
The Concert by Johannes Vermeer
Johannes Vermeer 's well-known masterpiece The Concert, worth an estimated $200 million, is infamously known as the most valuable unrecovered stolen painting in the world.
On 18 March 1990, two men dressed as Boston police officers walked into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They pulled off what has infamously become known as the biggest art heist in history. 31 years later and a $10million reward still up for grabs, the stolen artefacts have not been found.
In 1911, Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre by an Italian who had been a handyman for the museum. The now-iconic painting was recovered two years later. An authenticated contemporary copy of da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Prado Museum in Madrid on February 1, 2012.
On May 7, 1994, Norway's most famous painting, “The Scream” by Edvard Munch, is recovered almost three months after it was stolen from a museum in Oslo.
The Mona Lisa has been stolen once but has been vandalized many times. It was stolen on 21 August 1911 by an Italian Louvre employee who was driven to...
VINCENZO PERUGGIA STOLE THE MONA LISA
Two years after the notorious gank of the Mona Lisa, the thief was caught trying to sell the priceless painting to an art dealer in Florence, Italy. Peruggia was a handyman and a former employee of the Louvre.
It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic. It has been on permanent display at the Louvre in Paris since 1797. The Mona Lisa is one of the most valuable paintings in the world.
Stéphane Breitwieser robbed nearly 200 museums, amassed a collection of treasures worth more than $1.4 billion, and became perhaps the most prolific art thief in history. And as he reveals to GQ's Michael Finkel, how Breitwieser managed to do all this is every bit as surprising as why.
One of the more high profile stolen Picasso paintings was recovered in 2019 by a Dutch art detective. Considered one of Picasso's masterpieces, "Portrait of Dora Maar" had been missing for 20 years after it was stolen from a yacht off the south coast of France and is valued at $28 million.
In March 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns began around the world, most major museums in Europe and North America closed their doors to visitors. Amid the eerie quietude, there was a heist at the Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands, where thieves walked off with a priceless early Vincent van Gogh painting.
On permanent display at the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$900 million in 2021.
A total of 50,000 to 100,000 works of art are taken by art thieves each year. 40 percent of all art thefts take place within the United Kingdom, while 19 percent of art thefts occur in the United States.
The right eye of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." On Aug. 21, 1911, the then-little-known painting was stolen from the wall of the Louvre in Paris. And a legend was born.
Truly priceless, the painting cannot be bought or sold according to French heritage law. As part of the Louvre collection, "Mona Lisa" belongs to the public, and by popular agreement, their hearts belong to her.
The study authors also note that the muscles in Mona Lisa's upper face aren't activated in the painting. A genuine smile that causes the cheeks to raise and muscles around the eyes to contract is called a Duchenne smile, named after 19th-century French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne. Mona Lisa, up close.
At the end of May 1983, two pieces of Italian Renaissance armor went missing. The circumstances around their disappearance still remain a mystery. As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month.
The gang was led by Pål Enger, who was sentenced to 6 years and three months in prison. Enger was no stranger to art theft: he had already spent four years in prison in the late 1980s for the theft of another Munch artwork, The Vampire.
The painting was first bought by John Hay Whitney in 1950 for US$30,000. On May 5, 2004 the painting was sold for US$104,168,000 at Sotheby's auction in New York City. Sotheby's did not name the buyer though sources say that it was Guido Barilla, owner of the Barilla Group.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci has long been attracting vandals and is currently one of the best-protected artworks. On 30 December 1956, a young Bolivian man named Ugo Ungaza Villegas threw a rock at the painting; this resulted in the loss of a speck of pigment near the left elbow, which was later painted over.
The buyer has been revealed to be New York financier Leon Black. The owner of Edvard Munch's “The Scream” has been revealed. Leon Black, the New York financier and head of the investment firm Apollo Global Management, is reported to be the person who paid $119.9 million for the highly coveted masterpiece.
It sold at Sotheby's in New York for $119.9 million. The Scream isn't a painting: it is pastel worked on board.