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Loss of Gardner art has left bitter, lasting impression

Has any museum ever lost more, qualitatively, than the ­Isabella Stewart Gardner ­Museum lost 23 years ago? The story of the theft itself, of course, is enthralling. We all love an unsolved art heist. The bravado, the brutality, the mysteries of motive and aftermath — it all seems perfectly cinema-ready. But whenever you think about the pictures themselves, it’s all just incredibly sad.

What were those pictures? Let’s start with Rembrandt.

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