FBI searching for stolen Amherst College painting

Image courtesy: Amherst College

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Three centuries-old paintings were stolen from Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum in February of 1975.

The FBI recovered two of them in Illinois in 1989, but the third is still missing.

The Mead Art Museum holds nearly 20,000 works of art from every culture on earth, starting in ancient Egypt. The missing painting is from Flemish artist Jan Baptist Lambrechts.

Heath Cummings, the head of security at the museum, said it was important to find a quality image of the painting to help the investigation.

“An image was one of the biggest things, trying to find the best quality image,” Cummings said. “We only found a black and white image which is what we released to the public to look for. Presenting these details to the FBI, they are taking what I was able to amass.”

The museum’s director says they want to complete their collection. They hope publicizing the story would lead to national exposure.

Cummings says the investigation is now in the hands of the FBI.

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