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The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art A fascinating look at the world of art theft and organized crime in Ireland, The Irish Game is a quick read that does not disappoint outlining a few major cases spanning from the 1970s to the 2000s, specifically stemming from one particular estate in Ireland, Russborough The crimes were not limited to Russborough, however, and the book highlighted an intricate world of art dealers from England, Ireland, Norway, Belgium and the US It also gave an interesting account of determining Vermeer s me A fascinating look at the world of art theft and organized crime in Ireland, The Irish Game is a quick read that does not disappoint outlining a few major cases spanning from the 1970s to the 2000s, specifically stemming from one particular estate in Ireland, Russborough The crimes were not limited to Russborough, however, and the book highlighted an intricate world of art dealers from England, Ireland, Norway, Belgium and the US It also gave an interesting account of determining Vermeer s methods of developing perspective, and what a breakthrough it was in the art world Fascinating stuff I loved this book Ever since the theft of a Vermeer painting at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2000, I m obsessed with similar heists Thus I found this book about the thefts of Vermeer paintings in Ireland utterly fascinating There s also a reference to the Gardner heist near the end, and a rather startling theory on how Vermeer made the perspective in his paintings so accurate A further confession while getting my Masters in Fine Arts, I spent a semester researching the V I loved this book Ever since the theft of a Vermeer painting at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2000, I m obsessed with similar heists Thus I found this book about the thefts of Vermeer paintings in Ireland utterly fascinating There s also a reference to the Gardner heist near the end, and a rather startling theory on how Vermeer made the perspective in his paintings so accurate A further confession while getting my Masters in Fine Arts, I spent a semester researching the Vermeer known as The Artist in His Studio The Irish Game is a true crime tale about famous paintings, nasty thieves and the relentless cops who eventually caught the bad guys and recovered the paintings In The Annals Of Art Theft, No Case Has Matched For Sheer Criminal Panache The Heist At Ireland S Russborough House In The Irish Police Knew Right Away That The Mastermind Was A Dublin Gangster Named Martin Cahill Yet The Great Plunder Including A Gainsborough, A Goya, Two Rubenses, And A Vermeer Remained At Large For Years Cahill Taunted The Police With A String Of Other Crimes, But In The End It Was The Paintings That Brought Him Low The Challenge Of Disposing Of Such Famous Works Forced Him To Reach Outside His Familiar World Into The International Arena, And When He Did, His Pursuers Were WaitingThe Movie Perfect Sting That Broke Cahill Uncovered An Astonishing Maze Of Banking And Drug Dealing Connections That Redefined The Way Police View Art Theft As If That Were Not Enough, The Recovery Of The Vermeer By Then Worth Million Led To A Remarkable Discovery About The Way Vermeer Achieved His Photographic Perspective The Irish Game Places The Great Theft In Ireland S Long Sad History Of Violence And Follows The Thread That Led, As A Direct Result Of Cahill S Desperate Adventures With The Russborough Art, To His Assassination By The IRA With The Storytelling Skill Of A Novelist And The Instincts Of A Detective, Matthew Hart Follows The Twists And Turns Of This Celebrated Case, Linking It With Two Other World Famous Thefts Of Vermeer S The Concert And Other Famous Paintings At The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum In Boston, And Of Edvard Munch S The Scream At The National Gallery Of Norway In Oslo Sharply Observed, Fully Explored, The Irish Game Is A Masterpiece In The Literature Of True Crime Hart chronicles the two thefts of Vermeer s Woman Writing a Letter with Her Maid from Russborough House in Ireland the first by heiress turned IRA operative Rose Dugdale, the second time by criminal Martin Cahill, and the international recovery efforts by the Guarda, British Intelligence and Interpol, with Cahill s eventual desperation to sell leading even to the UVF and Turkish buyers in 1990 Hart provides background on Russborough and the Beits, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum heist, the Hart chronicles the two thefts of Vermeer s Woman Writing a Letter with Her Maid from Russborough House in Ireland the first by heiress turned IRA operative Rose Dugdale, the second time by criminal Martin Cahill, and the international recovery efforts by the Guarda, British Intelligence and Interpol, with Cahill s eventual desperation to sell leading even to the UVF and Turkish buyers in 1990 Hart provides background on Russborough and the Beits, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum heist, the revelations realized when the painting was recovered and restored the seal on the floor and the eye pinprick, showing Vermeer s technique for creating realistic perspective , as well as the illicit economy of paintings as drug collateral A little bit disjointed in places, but I m a total sucker for this kind of thing the insights into Vermeer s technique are the best part. one of the most audacious art heists in history 1986, Ireland s Russborough House, 200 to 300 million dollars worth of paintings Gainsborough, Goya, Rubens, and Vermeer s Lady Writing A Letter With Her Maid , money laundering, drug dealing, I.R.A assassinations the police knew immediately who had done the crime, but it took many years to prove the crime the theft indirectly led to a remarkable discovery about the way Vermeer achieved his photographic perspective contains an additio one of the most audacious art heists in history 1986, Ireland s Russborough House, 200 to 300 million dollars worth of paintings Gainsborough, Goya, Rubens, and Vermeer s Lady Writing A Letter With Her Maid , money laundering, drug dealing, I.R.A assassinations the police knew immediately who had done the crime, but it took many years to prove the crime the theft indirectly led to a remarkable discovery about the way Vermeer achieved his photographic perspective contains an additional chapter on the 1994 theft of Edvard Munch s The Sream in Oslo, Norway well written quite enjoyable This was an art theft book with a strong start but which fizzled out to a weak ending.A house called Russborough House, located a few miles from Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains had both a famous art collection, unequaled in Ireland, as well as the worst luck with thieves making off with items from the collections, several items being stolen and recaptured repeatedly The whole story could have been a cautionary tale of how NOT to care for an art collection They the owners never seemed to lear This was an art theft book with a strong start but which fizzled out to a weak ending.A house called Russborough House, located a few miles from Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains had both a famous art collection, unequaled in Ireland, as well as the worst luck with thieves making off with items from the collections, several items being stolen and recaptured repeatedly The whole story could have been a cautionary tale of how NOT to care for an art collection They the owners never seemed to learn that they were enticing the thefts both by the value of the art pieces and the total lack of security I couldn t get over that such aristocratic people with plenty of money at their disposal, would have such a nonchalant attitude to their art collection to the point of allowing it to be plundered five 5 times Apart from the thefts and subsequent elaborate police actions taken to retrieve the paintings, I found the information regarding Vermeer and how he worked to be most interesting, if beyond my pedestrian grasp of perspective Also, I thought it was quite heartening to learn that police art recovery teams from various countries manage to work together so smoothly while obtaining a good outcome It gives me hope for the possibilities of international cooperation in other fields This is a highly entertaining book about a series of heists of the Beit art collection at Russborough House in Ireland, with a focus on the biggest heist pulled off by Dublin gangster Martin Cahill In addition to gangsters, Matthew Hart gives us a rogue English Heiress, the IRA, the FBI, Interpol, Scotland Yard, and of course, the Irish Garda My only complaint is the inclusion of chapters on two other major art heists, one at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the theft of Edvar This is a highly entertaining book about a series of heists of the Beit art collection at Russborough House in Ireland, with a focus on the biggest heist pulled off by Dublin gangster Martin Cahill In addition to gangsters, Matthew Hart gives us a rogue English Heiress, the IRA, the FBI, Interpol, Scotland Yard, and of course, the Irish Garda My only complaint is the inclusion of chapters on two other major art heists, one at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the theft of Edvard Munch s The Scream from the National Gallery of Norway I understand why Hart wanted to include them, they are great stories, but they distract from the narrative flow, especially near the end of book as the sting operation to take down Cahill plays out My only question is why hasn t this been made into a film Let s get the cast of The Italian Job back together and make this happen A great choice for readers who prefer their True Crime with minimal gore and maximum historical context Includes sweeping Irish English history and plenty of artist art collector info for art historians The pace is pretty good, and switching from good guy to bad guy perspectives keeps you turning the pages The typical reader s distance from these crimes super wealthy collectors, international espionage, mob bosses keep this book fun and almost cinematic. This was fun I had been in several of the areas the Gardner museum, Wicklow mountains, the area near the train station in Antwerp, so picturing it was cool Crazy stuff though

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