The Secrets of the World’s Greatest Art Thief
The Secrets of the World’s Greatest Art Thief is an absolutely amazing read. I started it over lunch a few days ago, and literally could not stop reading until I had finished the entire article.
Michael Finkel details the unbelievable (and unbelievably long) career of Stéphane Breitwieser, who seems to be one of the most successful art thieves… well, ever.
The article is filled with amazing moments, and it’s difficult to not include every one here. Take this for example:
At times, it seems that Breitwieser is truly someone who loves the artwork he steals. But over the course of the article, Breitwieser’s need to steal seems to emerge. The longevity of his career, and his technical acumen, are really both quite impressive.
Another moment in the article that really crystalized for me just how good Breitwieser was at theft: