What do Picasso, da Vinci and Monet have in common? Their paintings have been the focus of some the world’s greatest heists. Take our quiz and find out about the world’s most notorious art, bank and jewel robberies and learn how they were done.
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Which Spanish artist painted Children with a Cart, stolen en route to Manhattan in 2006?
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes painted Children of the Cart in 1778. The painting, insured for $1 million, was stolen while being transported to the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.
“The Scream” was stolen in 2004. Who painted it?
Edvard Munch’s famous painting was stolen from a Norwegian auction house in 2004 and recovered two years later. One of four versions completed by Munch in 1893, the painting today is valued at over $123 million.
The biggest art heist in U.S. history took place in:
In 1990, robbers dressed as police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and left with a $300 million haul of works from Rembrandt, Manet and Vermeer. The paintings and thieves are still at large.
What is the world’s most valuable painting?
Willem de Kooning’s abstract paining “Interchange” was sold in September of 2015 for $300 million — the highest price paid for a painting to date.
What’s the world’s most burgled museum?
Ireland’s Russborough House is more famous for its poor security than its artwork. Since 1975, 45 paintings have been taken from the art house.
The French Blue diamond, stolen from France in 1792, is now known as________.
Stolen from France in 1792, the Blue Hope Diamond reappeared in 1812, and then disappeared again until it reemerged with Henry Philip Hope in 1839. The diamond, now recut and reset, is part of the National Gem and Mineral collection at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.
“Jacob II de Cheyn” is the world’s most stolen painting. Who painted it?
Rembrandt’s “Jacob de Gheyn III”, stolen four times from various museums, is the world’s most burgled painting. Police have recovered it from some odd places: a graveyard bench, and once on the back of a bicycle.
“Thanks for the poor security.” That’s the note burglars left after stealing this painting.
Another of Munch’s paintings of “The Scream” was stolen in 1994 during the Lillehammer Olympics. The thieves set off an alarm during the robbery that was ignored by the guards on duty, so the gang of burglars left a note, “Thanks for the poor security.” The painting was eventually recovered.
The largest art theft in history happened in ______.
More than 140 precious objects were stolen from Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology on Christmas Eve in 1985.
Which of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous works was stolen in 1811?
Called the biggest art heist in history, Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was stolen from France’s Louvre in 1911 by Italian workman Vincenzo Peruggia, who walked out of the museum with the painting under his smock. It was recovered two years later.
I Can’t believe Mona Lisa was stolen