Bos­ton li­brary’s miss­ing art­work is dis­cov­ered — still in the li­brary

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Bos­ton Public Li­brary of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that two rare and valu­able art­works that van­ished last month have been found, and they never left the li­brary.

Li­brary Pres­i­dent Amy Ryan an­nounced in a state­ment that the 1634 Rem­brandt etch­ing and 1504 Durer en­grav­ing were found Thurs­day in the li­brary’s print stacks by a li­brary con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer, who had been search­ing for eight weeks.

“We’re thrilled to have found th­ese trea­sures right here at home,” Ryan said. “They were found safe and sound, sim­ply mis­filed.”

The dis­ap­pear­ance of the art pieces led to Ryan’s an­nounce­ment Wed­nes­day that she would be resigning July 3, say­ing it would end a “dis­trac­tion.” The an­nounce­ment came af­ter she said the li­brary would make man­age­ment and se­cu­rity changes.

Ryan told The Bos­ton Globe that even though the art­work was found, she still planned to re­sign. She added that her name should now be cleared.

“Some­one just said this to me and it’s true: `Noth­ing is miss­ing un­der my watch,”’ Ryan said. “All the items that we have been told are miss­ing — but that have not been ver­i­fied — went miss­ing years be­fore I started at BPL.”

Bos­ton po­lice, the FBI and the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the where­abouts of the art­work. The Durer en­grav­ing is worth an es­ti­mated US$600,000 and the Rem­brandt etch­ing has an es­ti­mated value of US$20,000 to US$30,000.

And last week, the li­brary an­nounced that gold coins orig­i­nally placed in the cor­ner­stone of the main build­ing may have gone miss­ing decades ago. The coins were ap­par­ently placed in an 1888 time cap­sule that was opened in the 1990s. No es­ti­mate of the coins’ value was dis­closed.

An au­dit of the li­brary re­leased last week said it was in­ef­fec­tively pro­tect­ing spe­cial col­lec­tions, hap­haz­ardly stor­ing valu­ables and not main­tain­ing a com­plete in­ven­tory of prized pos­ses­sions.

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