The Isabella Gardner Museum heist of 1990 is called “the biggest art heist in history,” and the culprits, after 17 years, are still unknown. Just a few hours after Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities ended, two men dressed as policemen knocked on the side security door at the Isabella Gardner Museum, where they were greeted by two museum guards.
It only took a few minutes for the guards to realize they had made a mistake — these weren’t Boston’s finest, they were art theives.
Before they knew it, they were handcuffed, duct taped and dragged into the basement. The con men cut three Rembrandt’s from their frames (which still hang empty today) as well as “The Concert” by Johannes Vermeer, “Landscape with an Obelisk” by Govert Flinck, and other various sketches. The paintings have never been found, and the museum never reimbursed.