Saturday, March 12, 2011

Another Art Theft by Margot Justes

A Rodin sculpture was creatively acquired, in other words stolen, from the Israel Museum, now mind you this was bronze; heavy stuff, that bronze.

Yet, it was removed from the premises, granted this was not a huge piece by Rodin, the estimated weight was about 140 pounds and it was approximately 50 lbs but hardly something you can put in your pocket or under your clothes and walk out without someone noticing an odd appendage lurking about on your person.

How does a statue weighing 140 pounds disappear from a museum? It appears the Israel Museum was undergoing substantial renovations and probably sometime during the construction the statue disappeared. Pooh, it was moved and apparently kept on moving.

Some art experts fear that it might be sold for scrap. What a horrendous thought, an irreplaceable work of art, sculpted by a master and cast in bronze would be sold for scrap.
I hope the piece found a loving home somewhere, that is a much better alternative than reducing a glorious piece to scrap.

The only reason I say it was cast in bronze is purely for clarification, because I have been asked how difficult is it to sculpt bronze? Very difficult. In fact it is impossible. Bronze is always cast from the molding of the original work of art.

Till next time.
Margot Justes
A Hotel in Paris


Morgan Mandel said...

Sounds like a movie. I wonder how they did it.

Morgan Mandel

June said...

It sounds like a well planned theft. I see this idea making its way into one of your novels!

: )

Margot Justes said...

I wonder how they did it too...and would love to include the caper somewhere in on one of my stories. It had to be well planned and certainly well executed.

Deb Larson said...

There's a great story here - I hope you pursue it!!!
DL Larson

Margot Justes said...

There sure is and I'm thinking about about suspend your disbelief.