22 episodes

Welcome to Empty Frames

Season 1 is about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist: In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, two thieves posing as police officers were admitted into the Gardner Museum in Boston. In 81 minutes they stole 13 pieces of artwork, among the paintings stripped from their frames were works by Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrandt.

Season 2 tackles other angles of art crime. We hear from the owners of an antique store who found a famous stolen painting, we discuss a stolen da Vinci with Turbo, & we dig into Gardner heist minutia.

Season 3 begins 5/19/20

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    • 3.5, 326 Ratings

Welcome to Empty Frames

Season 1 is about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist: In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, two thieves posing as police officers were admitted into the Gardner Museum in Boston. In 81 minutes they stole 13 pieces of artwork, among the paintings stripped from their frames were works by Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrandt.

Season 2 tackles other angles of art crime. We hear from the owners of an antique store who found a famous stolen painting, we discuss a stolen da Vinci with Turbo, & we dig into Gardner heist minutia.

Season 3 begins 5/19/20

    Casey Sherman

    Casey Sherman

    In episode 1 of season 3, Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna talk with author and journalist Casey Sherman. Casey discusses his thoughts on the direction of the stolen Gardner artwork recovery effort. 

    Check out Casey's books: https://www.amazon.com/Casey-Sherman/e/B001JRVP5C

    Some articles he wrote on the Gardner heist recovery effort: https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/01/05/art-sleuth-says-its-time-to-change-strategy-on-gardner-heist/, https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/04/22/art-detective-eyes-ira-in-gardner-art-heist/

    Follow him here: https://twitter.com/caseysherman123

    Check out StitcherPremium.com for the rest of season 3 as it's released! Otherwise check it out on Youtube now or on the public podcast feed six months after it's released. 

    Check us out on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb4xoWHxXY1fWrK93A84zkg

    Sign the petition for a reward price list: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach

    Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/

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    • 58 min
    The Hands Resist Him

    The Hands Resist Him

    In this episode Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna are joined by artist Bill Stoneham, painter of The Hands Resist Him, a painting known as "haunted". We talk to Bill about his art, life, and this incredible painting.

    Check out Bill Stoneham's work at https://www.stonehamstudios.com/

    Check out our entire network at http://crawlspace-media.com/

    • 56 min
    Gardner Heist Minutia

    Gardner Heist Minutia

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 6 of season 2 Tim & Lance again talk to the Muddy River Fact Checker. He helped us out on season one with keeping the Gardner heist facts straight. And now he's back to help us break down some Gardner heist minutia.


    Our topics include the crime scene photos of Rick Abath, and the surveillance video that was shot the night before the heist. Crime scene photo: https://www.wbur.org/lastseen/2018/09/24/inside-job Night Before Heist video: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/boston/news/press-releases/historic-footage-connected-to-gardner-museum-burglary-released-public-assistance-sought.


    In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Stolen da Vinci

    Stolen da Vinci

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 5 of season 2 Tim & Lance again talk to Turbo Paul Hendry. He's a former "knocker" who went on to be a firewall between people who possess stolen artwork and their owners. We talk about the stolen Madonna of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting was stolen in 2003 from Drumlanrig Castle by two thieves posing as tourists, who said "Don't worry love, we're the police. This is just practice" to two tourists from New Zealand as they exited through a window. Check out Turbo's blogs: http://arthostage.blogspot.com/, http://stolenvermeer.blogspot.com/.


    In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Dr. No w/ Tubo Paul

    Dr. No w/ Tubo Paul

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 4 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to Turbo Paul Hendry. He's a former "knocker" who went on to be a firewall between people who possess stolen artwork and their owners. We talk about the idea of a Dr. No character who might possess famous stolen artworks. Do Dr. No's exist? Turbo has a few real life Dr. No examples for us. And what exactly is a Dr. Yes? Listen to find out. Check out Turbo's blogs: http://stolenvermeer.blogspot.com/, http://arthostage.blogspot.com/.  


    In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Shredding Banksy

    Shredding Banksy

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 3 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to Aja Romano, internet culture reporter for Vox. Aja wrote a great article on Banksy's stunt at Sotheby's in London in October of 2018. Check Aja Romano's articles at https://www.vox.com/authors/aja-romano, and follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajaromano Her article on Banksy's shredding of Balloon Girl: https://www.vox.com/2018/10/8/17941350/banksy-trolls-sothebys-shredded-art-balloon-girl Banksy's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/p/BomXijJhArX/, his director's cut: https://youtu.be/9MezgOU9vRg In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
326 Ratings

326 Ratings

NaniNani87 ,

Interesting subject, better execution needed

It is such an interesting topic with great interviews. You can tell their strength is in their interview skills. However, the story telling leaves something to be desired. They assume that everyone know the basic facts of the case. I would appreciate if in season three they go back to tell the story, lay out the facts, and then introduce interviews. Create a narrative story that will engage listeners.

Additionally, there is an editing issue with the episode Turbo. It appears as though it was cut in half and the end plays first. I actually relistened starting half way through, played it to the end, and then started it 0 seconds.

It is a shame that they pulled most of the first season off of Apple Podcasts and only made it available through stitcher, but I understand the potential business decision behind it.

hejrj39 ,

The Rukus

A good drinking game in this episode. Take a shot every time Lyz says “like.” You won’t get five minutes in. Tough to listen once you notice.

Lu c5 ,

Fascinating!

Love this podcast. Each episode gives you a different look towards the same goal; finding the ISG art. It keeps your mind working overtime and makes you really look at different forms of art - from Manet to Banksy.
I have binged season 1 and 2 while doing puzzles during quarantine. Just starting season 3.
Thanks

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