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

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

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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