Thursday, August 10, 2006

Russian Treasure Hunt

The Daughter of Herodias - Alexey Yesjunin

It sounds like material straight out of a novel and gets my mind wandering to Pierce Brosnan’s antics in “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Irreplaceable artifacts, mostly 19th Century, valued at 130 million rubles discovered missing from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. As reported this past July 30, 221 pieces were discovered missing in a routine audit after an employee of the museum suddenly died. Not surprisingly, they are pretty sure the heist was an inside job.

Remarkably a few of the artifacts have already been discovered and returned to the museum via a unique online campaign. The museum website actually carries a listing of the missing items.

Check out the list of stolen artifacts for yourself and maybe you can participate in this treasure hunt. For some wonderful contemporary Russian art view Alexey Yesjunin's work. Yes, we featured him last blog, but his work is so wonderful and it ties in well to the Russian treasure hunt. ---Ruth Mitchell

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