Lloyd Schwartz writes about love and loss associated with the Dutch painter Vermeer:
Some years ago, I wrote a poem called “Why I Love Vermeer,” which ends “I’ve never lived in a city without a Vermeer.” I could say that until 1990, when Vermeer’s exquisite painting The Concert was one of the masterpieces stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It’s still missing. The French conceptual artist Sophie Calle, who loved that Vermeer, put together a show called Last Seen, a series of photographs of the empty frames of the stolen paintings, combined with comments on the paintings by people who worked at the museum. It’s a haunting and elegant show, though seeing this exhibit, which is now on view at the Gardner, then walking through the rooms with the empty frames still in place, made me feel more melancholy and hopeless than ever about this enormous loss.
image from “Last Seen” from the Boston Globe