Whaling Museum to host NY Times Best Selling Author Anthony Amore

Book Signing and Remarks from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Director of Security

Thursday, Sept. 10, New Bedford, Ma – Antony M. Amore, Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will talk about “The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World,” Thursday, September 10,  2015, at 5:00 p.m. in the Wattles Family Gallery, New Bedford Whaling Museum. His recently published book of the same title will also will be available for purchase after the talk with the author available to sign copies until 7:00 p.m. Part of AHA! New Bedford events at the museum, the lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

After a short reading, Mr. Amore will discuss the fascinating case of stolen Impressionist paintings—including Cezanne’s precious Bouilloire et Fruits from the Stockbridge, MA home of Harry and Ruth Bakwin, owners of one of the most prestigious private art collection in the United States. The theft took place in 1978, and some thirty years later the thief’s attorney Robert Mardirosian was prosecuted by current New Bedford Mayor and then U.S. Attorney Jon Mitchell. Ultimately, Mardirosian was convicted of transporting stolen property over an international boundary, and the paintings were recovered and returned to the Bakwins. Mayor Mitchell’s framed copy of Bouilloire et Fruits, entered into evidence during the trial, will be on display at the reading.

Amore will also provide an update on “the art heist of the century” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where as head of Security he is charged with the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from that museum in 1990.


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New Bedford Whaling Museum
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