The art world has been victim to various disasters; whether it be at the hands of humans of the wrath of mother nature. Below are five art related disasters that prove anything can happen.
1. "The Stone Breakers" was an 1849-50 painting by French artist Gustave Courbe. During World War II it was destroyed, along with 154 other pictures, when a transport vehicle moving the pictures was bombed by Allied forces in February 1945. (top left)
2. The 1966 Flood of the Arno River in Florence damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. It is considered the worst flood in the city’s history since 1557. With the combined effort of Italian citizens and foreign donors and committees, many of these fine works have been restored. However, even decades later, much work remains. (top right)
3. When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the east coast in October 2012, hundreds of galleries in the neighborhood of Chelsea were flooded causing devastating damage to numerous works of art. 22nd street practically sank as the Hudson River flooded the streets. (bottom left) [Editor’s note: You can continue to support this cause by collecting art to support the ADAA Relief fund.]
4. Vandalism happens in the art world, and it is a disheartening occurrence. In October 2012 a Rothko mural from 1958, “Black on Maroon,” was vandalized at Tate Modern in London by a disgruntled guest. (bottom right)
5. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft case is one that has remained unsolved for nearly a quarter of a century. In 1990, two thieves dresses as Boson Police stole 13 masterpieces from artists such as Rembrandt and Degas with a value totaling $500 million. IN March2013, the FBI has announced that they have finally identified the individuals. (center)