Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Rembrandt In Frame

Here's Rembrandt's stolen sketch The Judgment in its frame, displayed by the Los Angeles Sheriffs department at a press conference yesterday (title link). The frame is larger than one might expect, but standing it on an easel in a public lobby was still asking for trouble. This might well have been an opportunistic theft, not the carefully planned heist the sheriff's department originally thought. The thief tore open the brown paper which covered the back of the frame, but did no further damage. It was dumped at St Nicholas' Episcopal Church, about 20 miles from where it was stolen. Correction to my brief post yesterday: the tip-off to the police wasn't anonymous.


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