Last Privately Owned Vermeer Loaned to Philadelphia Museum of Art

'Young Woman Seated at a Virginal,' 1670-72. (©The Leiden Collection, New York)

It is shaping up to be a big winter for Vermeer here on the East Coast. The Frick is showing the artist’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1665), which is on loan from Amsterdam’s Mauritshuis, and has hung its three Vermeers together in one gallery. Now the Philadelphia Museum of Art is joining the party, announcing that it will show the master’s A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (1670–72), which resides in a private collection, through March 2014. Read More

Art Crime

FBI Searches Mobster’s Connecticut Home, Perhaps Looking for Gardner Museum Loot

Vermeer. 'The Concert'

A swarm of FBI agents descended today on the Manchester, Conn., home of mobster Robert Gentile, whom some believe may have information connected to the 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, The Washington Post reports. While the FBI says it is searching for weapons (the agency has a new warrant that allows for the use of “ground-penetrating radar”), Mr. Gentile’s attorney, Ryan McGuigan, asserts that officers are there to search for paintings stolen in the heist, including pieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas that are said to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Read More