Famous Stolen Paintings That Have Never Been Found!

Famous Stolen Paintings That Have Never Been Found!

Timeless artworks are not only a product of an artist’s immense talent and years of hard work but also of a genius mind. When a stunning and valuable piece of art gets to the public, it gets exposed to the risk of theft. Critics, experts, and thieves are always on the lookout for some of the world’s famous artworks. In Italy, for example, it is well-known that artworks are frequently stolen from  porno français museums.

The vice of stealing paintings has actually become Europe’s third most rampant illegal activity. While some artworks end up being found, there is a long list of timeless, prized pieces that have never been found. These lost pieces aren’t just a pain for the art world but for humanity as well. Paintings represent history and culture that can never be replaced. Despite exhaustive decades of search and investigations, these artworks have never been traced.


5 Famous Stolen Paintings

1. The Just Judges from the Ghent Altarpiece Jan Van Eyck

The Just Judges was one of the panels of the Ghent Altarpiece, a polyptych painting by the early Dutch artist Jan van Eyck. The painting comprises twelve panels, seven on the exterior and five on the interior, with The Just Judges panel on the lower left side of the exterior of the masterpiece. It depicts three judges sitting on a bench beneath a vaulted archway dressed in robes and holding scepters. The judges are surrounded by a group of men in armor, who are presumably the defendants in the case being heard. This masterpiece has not been seen since 1934, when it was stolen along with the rest of the Ghent Altarpiece.


2. Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen Vincent van Gogh

On the morning of April 9, 2002, two paintings by Rembrandt were stolen from the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam. The paintings, both portraits of women, were cut from their frames and taken from the museum while it was closed to the public. The theft caused a great deal of uproar in the art world, as the paintings were considered to be among Rembrandt’s finest works.


3. Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence Caravaggio

The artwork by the great Caravaggio is among the 1.3 million well-known missing pieces around the world. The painting is believed to have been cut into pieces and sold at an exorbitant price on the black market.


4. The Concert Johannes Vermeer

The massive robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in 1990 resulted in the loss of several artworks. The Concert Johannes Vermeer was one of the stolen pieces valued at around £130m. Up to today, investigators are yet to get a clue to its whereabouts. Artists considered it one of the most valuable missing artworks at the time it was stolen.


5. Portrait of a Young Man Raphael

The Germans stole this piece from the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow during World War II. Hitler ordered the artwork to be taken to his Berlin residence and then later to Wawel Castle in Poland. At the end of World War II, the piece disappeared without a trace, and no one knows whether the Germans destroyed it or it is still in possession of a German family.



International database of stolen ancient art

Built on a museum-quality database, each object record carries three sizes of photo, resized automatically according to its use. More importantly, any number of detailed photos can be added to each record. By combining full screen size images and data, positive identification of stolen objects can be made from this site – a breakthrough for recovery. Its available to all with no restrictions. Clicking on practically everything will lead you to different views and object details.

With a background in the Conservation and Restoration world, we believe modern technology can help prevent the loss of cultural objects using the mass media of photography.

If you’ve been the victim of theft and want your valuables or possessions back, let us broadcast pictures and details of the articles to a worldwide audience over the Internet. We would encourage all dealers, trade specialists, recovery agents and Authorities to use this free searching facility to identify stolen art and artefacts. Close-up photographs and background data on the site will enable clear identification and aid quick recovery. Due diligence searches by the trade are now easy and free.

With the next generation of phones that can access the internet and display images, anyone at auction or car-boot sale will be able to use this site to identify stolen goods.

There are in excess of 20,000 categories of objects listed, so whether you’ve lost jewellery, paintings, furniture, ceramics, musical instruments or silver, the details your stolen article will be easily found. (Browse through the Index Tree).

Unlike some sites, IASA-Online is completely free to search. It’s in everyone’s interest that the maximum number of people are looking for your valuables.

You can even build and save your own password-protected collection of our records online, for your own use or to be shared.

Our only charge is for the permanent display and recording on the website of each article stolen, whether reported by the Authorities or the public.

So if, for instance, you want an auction house in America or the Continent to help look for and find your stolen artworks or valuables, send us photographs and details and let us post them to this website. If you don’t have photographs, please refer to our other sites, www.Diva-ID.com and www.Just-Stolen.com which complete and form The Diva System for protecting your valuables.

With crime ever present and much more targeted, it might seem that the criminals are winning. You can now fight back against the international trade in stolen works of art for the price of an advert in your local paper.