Staying Humble with Rembrandt’s Nose!

Art Crime Podcast | Season 1, Episode 5

We reminisce about our trip to Puerto Rico, the street art of Vieques, and Mara falling into a pothole (with hilarious results, says Baker). We obsess over the evolution of Rembrandt’s nose through 30 years off self-portraits, we spend a little time discussing what was so “golden” about the Dutch Golden Age. We celebrate the [criminally overlooked] genius of some Dutch female painters of the era with a special shout out to Clara Peeters! Our news this week is all about the sometimes complicated topic of restitution, and then Mara jumps into yet another case where poor skylight security leads to a multi-million dollar art heist. Won’t someone please think of the skylights?!

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Episode References

ART
Rembrandt van Rijn, Landscape with Cottages
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self portrait (age 23)
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self portrait (1657)
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar
Clara Peeters, Still Life with Flowers, a Silver-gilt Goblet, Dried Fruit, Sweetmeats, Bread sticks, Wine and a Pewter Pitcher

NEWS
US Supreme Court sides with Germany in Guelph Treasure case
Survivor in battle to keep Nazi-looted Pissarro masterpiece in France
’We want our riches back’ – the African activist taking treasures from Europe’s museums

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Sword Fights, Artichokes, and the Missing Caravaggio!

Art Crime Podcast | Season 1, Episode 4

We pat ourselves on the backs for getting to Episode 4 before jumping into the wild life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Baker attempts the podcast’s first Art History crash course (with mixed results) and can’t help himself from nerding out on comic book artist references related to the subjects of the episode. Mara explains the importance of iconography and tries to dissuade Baker from creating fake art news. You’ll be shocked to learn that the mafia might be involved with the Caravaggio heist. And we should probably apologize in advance for our attempts at West Side song references.

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Episode References

ART
Caravaggio’s The Martyrdom of St. Matthew, 1599-1600
El Greco’s Laocoön
Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath, 1610
Caravaggio’s Medusa, 1597
Botticelli’s Young Man holding a Medallion
The Art of Alex Ross
The Art of Rob Liefeld

NEWS
Randolph man arrested in connection with vandalism at Gardner Museum, according to police
A Single Mystery Collector Went on a Buying Spree at Sotheby’s $114 Million Old Masters Auction, With Botticelli Just the Beginning
Italy Reopens Investigation Into Missing Caravaggio Masterpiece

OTHER
Artists by Art Movement on WikiArt

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120 Square Feet of Missing Maxfield Parrish!

Art Crime Podcast | Season 1, Episode 3

This week’s case, the theft of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals, painted by Maxfield Parrish!

We start with some vocal exercises and Mara explains why Maxfield Parrish was one of the most successful illustrators in history. Even if you *think* you don’t know Maxfield Parrish, you almost definitely know his work. We become big fans of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Mara plans her own palatial artist studio. Baker discusses the news about a recovered Leonardo-school ‘Salvator Mundi’ painting of Christ and tries to avoid conspiracy theories about its “conveniently timed” return. We inevitably discuss why stolen art is so rarely returned, just like the two Maxfield Parrish murals stolen from the Edenhurst Gallery in Los Angeles —which, conveniently, is the subject of our case! And if you make it that far, you’ll want to stay for our first “fun fact” segment, there’s singing involved.

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Episode References

ART
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals, panels 3A and 3B
Robert Henri, portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
“A weird celebration of boredom and honesty”: the work of Jess Warby NEWS
Priceless Leonardo-school ‘Salvator Mundi’ painting of Christ stolen from Naples basilica two years ago is found in a local flat

OTHER
History of the Whitney Museum in NYC
Michelangelo’s poem to Giovanni da Pistoia about how much he hated painting the Sistine Chapel

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A Cézanne is No Match for Parkour!

Art Crime Podcast | Season 1, Episode 2

Baker applauds Mara’s recent improvisational marionette dance, we discuss a recent art heist in New Zealand and the conclusion of the “Gurlitt Trove” investigation. We accidentally get into a really interesting discussion about stereoscopes and trains and how they both changed the course of Impressionism. And then Mara dives into one of the coolest art heists in history when someone steals Cezanne’s painting, View of Auvers-sur-Oise. We don’t condone the theft, but we celebrate the speed, athleticism, and use of smoke canisters during the heist! 

Episode References

ART 
Cezanne’s View of Auvers-sur-Oise 
Cezanne’s The Large Bathers 
Vincent Van Gogh’s Le Jardin de Daubigny 
Camille Pissarro’s Jalais Hill, Pontoise 
Charles Frederick Goldie (1870-1947) at Art UK 

NEWS 
Gurlitt trove: Research on Nazi-looted art ends 
Goldie painting ‘Sleep ’tis a Gentle Thing’ stolen 
Batman #1 (1940) sold for $2.22m 

OTHER 
The Ashmolean 
The History of the Prestigious Paris Salon 
Van Gogh Museum’s “In Daubigny’s Footsteps” online exhibit 
Brewster’s Stereoscope 
Stereoscopy, Cézanne, and the Metapictorial Logic of Spatial Construction 
“All hail Adrian Pimento, God Emperor of Brooklyn Nine-Nine” by Alasdair Wilkins 

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