Friday Morning Diversion – “The Woman Who Stole Vermeer”

November 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
$20 at Ventfort, $20 plus ticket fee for Zoom

Anthony Amore, Director of Security and Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, will make a visual presentation on the subject of his new book titled “The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, the True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist.”  Given as part of the Morning Diversions series of lectures at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age, Amore will present his talk on Friday, November 20 at 11:00 am.  Attendees are invited to join his audience at the mansion or via Zoom.

In the world of crime, according to Amore, there exists an unusual commonality between those who steal art and those who repeatedly kill: they are almost exclusively male.  There is one exception and that is Rose Dugdale, whose life was singularly notorious.  Born into extreme wealth (she was presented to Queen Elizabeth as a debutante), she abandoned her life as an Oxford-trained PhD and heiress to join the cause of the Irish Republicanism.

She spearheaded the first aerial terrorist attack in British history and pulled off the biggest art theft of her time.  In 1974, she led a gang into the opulent Russborough House in Ireland and made off with millions in prized paintings, including works by Goya, Gainsborough and Rubens, as well as Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid by Johannes Vermeer. To this day, Dugdale is the only woman to pull off a major art heist.  It is likely that this was not her only such crime.

In his position at the Gardner Museum, Amore has been in charge of the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from the museum in 1990.  He is also the co-author of Stealing Rembrandts and author of The Art of the Con, both of which have been bestsellers.  He also provides analysis on issues related to security and terrorism for the BBC, NBC News, NPR, CNN, FOX and others.

Tickets for the Amore presentation either at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom are $20 per person.  Reservations are required in either case.  To view on Zoom register at

To see him at Ventfort Hall reservations are required as seating is limited. To reserve call us at 413-637-3206. Masks are required and strict spacing for seating will be in place.