The most iconic prop in Hollywood history…stolen! The weird saga behind the heist of the Ruby Slippers.
A Relic “Whodunnit?” Erica Morini was considered the greatest violinist of the 20th century, thanks in part due to her mastery of the priceless Stradivarius violin. By the end of her life, Morini was a former shell of herself, and the violin she once played remained unsecured in her increasingly disheveled apartment. In 1995, her treasured instrument was stolen. The culprits? Her closest friends and family, all who had motives of their own…
A bulk of the research for this episode comes from Amy Dickinson’s article “The Case of the Stolen Stradivarius.”
Note on audio: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, episodes of Relic are being recorded in my house until studio access resumes. Please bear with the slightly different sound quality while we make adjustments.
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In 1990, two individuals dressed as police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and altered the course of the art world forever. One of the most audacious crimes ever committed kicks off Relic’s Season 2, the arc of which will focus on heists, deception, the paranormal, and the occult.
The Ghent Altarpiece, or the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, is one of the most important pieces of Renaissance art–which is probably why it’s also known as the most frequently stolen painting of all time. In 1931 the most beguiling portion of it went missing for good, and what followed was an eighty-year caper involving Nazis, psychics, and stolen cheese.
Music in this episode provided by Musopen, the open source, public domain, classical music databse.
Fantasie op. 16. Composed by César Franck Franck, Performed by Michael Schopen
Prelude, Choral et Fugue Composed by César Franck, Performed by Mehmet K. Okonsor
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Composed by César Franck, Performed by Paul Pitman, Bang-Eun Lee