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Museum to feature artist's taken on stolen Gardner works

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/13/2017
FILE - In this March 11, 2010, file photo, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," left background, by Rembrandt and "The Concert," right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Mass., is offering visitors a unique glimpse of the 13 masterpieces stolen more than a quarter century ago from the Gardner Museum. The exhibit opening Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, shows the work of San Francisco-based artist Kota Ezawa. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 11, 2010, file photo, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," left background, by Rembrandt and "The Concert," right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Mass., is offering visitors a unique glimpse of the 13 masterpieces stolen more than a quarter century ago from the Gardner Museum. The exhibit opening Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, shows the work of San Francisco-based artist Kota Ezawa. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts art museum is offering visitors a unique glimpse of the 13 masterpieces stolen more than a quarter century ago from the Gardner Museum in Boston.

FILE- In this March 21, 1990, file photo, a security guard stands outside the Dutch Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the site where robbers stole treasured art objects in Boston. The Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Mass., is offering visitors a unique glimpse of the 13 masterpieces stolen more than a quarter century ago from the Gardner Museum. The exhibit opening Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, shows the work of San Francisco-based artist Kota Ezawa. (AP Photo, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this March 21, 1990, file photo, a security guard stands outside the Dutch Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the site where robbers stole treasured art objects in Boston. The Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Mass., is offering visitors a unique glimpse of the 13 masterpieces stolen more than a quarter century ago from the Gardner Museum. The exhibit opening Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, shows the work of San Francisco-based artist Kota Ezawa. (AP Photo, File)

The exhibit opening Tuesday at the Mead Art Museum in Amherst is the work of San Francisco-based artist Kota Ezawa. According to the museum, the artist has recreated the stolen works through a series of drawings set in glowing light boxes, including cartoon-like versions of paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Manet.

The unusual exhibit also includes an animated version of the security camera tape from the Gardner Museum on the night before the $500 million theft in March 1990 — which remains the largest unsolved art heist in U.S. history.

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