This Vermeer Painting Breaks the Record for the Most Valuable Object Ever Stolen

The meaning behind the Dutch masterpiece

Christopher P Jones
5 min readMar 21, 2023

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The Concert (c.1664) by Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas. 72.5 × 64.7 cm. Stolen from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, U.S. in 1990. Image source Wikimedia Commons

There exist only 36 paintings known to be by the hand of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. Thanks to their scarcity, his works are considered to be some of the most expensive objects in art.

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