Art Security Expert Anthony Amore to Discuss Notorious Rembrandt Art Heist on September 17

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Art security expert Anthony Amore will discuss his book Stealing Rembrandts, which he co-authored with investigative reporter Tom Mashberg, on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. 

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Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to museums, galleries, and art collectors annually. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted. 

According to the New York Journal of Books, "Stealing Rembrandts at once reads like a crime thriller, a history, and a biography." 

Amore's lecture will include details about the unsolved Gardner museum heist in 1990, when two thieves disguised as policemen stole 13 pieces of artwork, valued at $500 million, from the museum on St. Patrick's Day. The thieves stole a Rembrandt painting called The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, as well as pieces by Vermeer, Degas and Manet. All 13 pieces remain missing to date. In March, the FBI announced they now know the identities of the thieves, but have yet to solve the crime. 

The Wall Street Journal says "Strewn throughout the book...are compelling characters and insights into traits that successful art crimes typically share." 

Anthony Amore is Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass., and has been leading efforts to track down the missing artwork since he was hired at the museum in 2005. Prior to joining the 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 shoe bomber attack. 

This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, please contact Michele Martin at (203) 625-6533 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org.

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