Old Masters

Stolen Rembrandt sketch found in church

Posted August 16th, 2011

Art Theft, Old Masters

“The 17th Century Rembrandt sketch stolen from a California hotel at the weekend was recovered at a church about 20 miles (32 km) away, it has emerged.
Valued at $250,000 (£153,625), the piece, entitled The Judgement, was taken from an exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.

The sketch was recovered at a San Fernando Valley church after a tip from an anonymous caller on Monday.
Police said no one had been arrested in connection with the theft.
A curator confirmed the artwork’s authenticity on Tuesday morning.

The sketch was stolen on Saturday between 22:20 and 22:35 local time when a curator was distracted by a guest.”

Read on at the BBC

Commentary from Jonathan Jones for The Guardian: “The real-life power of Rembrandt
A mere sketch by Rembrandt made worldwide headlines this week when it was stolen. Why? Because of the artist’s unrivalled, universal ability to touch our hearts”