you learn something new every day

Read an article titled ‘FBI turns up heat on 1990 Boston art heist’ in the Straits Times (ST) today (Life!, page C11). To sum up the article, I quote its first sentence: ‘The FBI believes it has identified the thieves who stole 13 artworks from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 in the costliest art theft in United States history and asked for anyone who had seen the paintings to contact the bureau.’ And the missing art is apparently worth US$500 million!

This epic case of art theft was something I had never heard of before, so naturally I googled to find out more about it. This article gives a nice recount of the Gardner Museum theft, while this one describes the current situation with the FBI (which still lists the incident as one of its Top Ten Art Crimes).

The ST article also noted that the Gardner Museum offers ‘free admission to anyone named Isabella’. I checked the museum’s website and confirmed that this was true, as quoted from this page:

Isabellas Free…Forever! provides unlimited free museum admission to everyone with the first name Isabella–forever! Please see the bottom of the page for more details about the program. (Please note that, in order to be true to our founder, Isabelle and other variations and spellings do not apply.)

Seriously how cute is that? :D


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