Art, Mystery, and Intrigue

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The Amber Room : the fate of the world's greatest lost treasure
Catherine Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy
The authors recount their search as they trace the history of the Amber Room, once housed in a palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia; its disappearance at the end of World War II; and the many theories they followed and researched to account for its loss.


The Gardner Heist : The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft
Ulrich Boser
In 1990 twelve masterpieces were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, depriving thousands of people the opportunity to see the paintings. Art detective Harold Smith worked for years on the theft which remained unsolved. Ulrich Boser inherited Smith’s case files and recounts his own investigation to crack at least one of the mysteries of the case, the identities of who actually committed the crime.


Museum of the Missing
Simon Houpt
An abundantly illustrated book on the topic of true crime thefts, thieves, what museums are doing to protect their collections, and how lost art is found these days in the art world.


Provenance : How a con man and a forger rewrote the history of modern art
Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
Recounts how John Drewe manipulated struggling artist John Myatt and other unwitting accomplices into become prolific art forgers whose works Drewe then successfully passed off as legitimate pieces.


The Sistine Secrets : Michelangelo's forbipen messages in the heart of the Vatican
Benjamin Blech & Roy Doliner
Michelangelo is believed to have embeped messages of brotherhood, tolerance, and freethinking into his painting to encourage others to challenge the repressive Roman Catholic Church of his time and to bridge the divide between science and faith.


Strapless : JohnDeborah Davis
Benjamin Blech & Roy Doliner
Davis shares the story behind the creation of Sargent's famous painting, which propelled the artist to fame but condemned his young subject to a lifetime of ridicule and self-loathing due to the work's perceived sexuality.