Archives for the month of: March, 2013

The FBI announced yesterday that it had made significant progress towards solving the greatest art theft of all time: the 1990 heist of 13 major works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. 23 years to the day later, the FBI is definitely getting closer, with the help of a $5 million award “for information that leads directly to the recovery of all of our items in good condition.”

This is where you and Art Authority can come in. By running the app on an iPad with a retina display, you can view images of these works in as much detail as just about anyone else in the world; perhaps even as much detail as the FBI themselves. Who knows, maybe there’s a missed clue there somewhere. Regardless, you can certainly enjoy some great and historic works of art while dreaming of riches at the same time.

Stolen works included in Art Authority in high resolution are:

  • Degas, La Sortie de Pesage
  • Govaert Flinck, Landscape with an Obelisk, 1638
  • Manet, Chez Tortoni, 1878–1880
  • Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, c. 1634
  • Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633
  • Rembrandt, A Lady and Gentleman in Black, 1633
  • Vermeer, The Concert, c. 1664


One of the great things about art in general, and Art Authority in particular, is its relevance to history, from ancient to modern-day. Yesterday’s election of Pope Francis is a perfect example of this combination.

The Art Authority app has an amazing 344 images from the Sistine Chapel, where the cardinals secluded themselves during the election. Of course these include full views of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment and Creation of Adam, but also many detailed views of these classics, along with a treasure trove of surrounding art.


Then there’s 151 works that include St. Francis, after whom the new pope chose his name. Dating back to the 13th century, these may be a bit less familiar.


And of course there are images of popes throughout history. And great images from St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican in general. And Italy. And even images from the Fine Arts Museum in Buenos Aires Argentina, if you want to experience a bit of the culture from the new pope’s native land.


As the world welcomes a new pope, we’re happy to be able to provide the world with easy access to these images from history.