As we’ve seen with Islamic State destroying ancient monuments, and the Taliban destroying heritage sites in the decade prior, the art of the world is far more vulnerable to destruction than most of us care to admit. It’s a tender balance between giving the public the right to stand a metre or two away from a sacred piece of art such as the Mona Lisa, and the possibility that an art vandal of any creed can simply destroy or damage it in an instant. Should more be under lock and key for longer, or is it just a hazard of life in the 21st century?
There have been a lot of incidents revolving around historical and heritage sites that are caught between the wars. For instance, the Syria clashes that destroyed the ancient Aleppo minaret, was amongst the many casualties of war. This lead to the minaret of one of Syria’s most famous mosques has been destroyed during clashes in the northern city of Aleppo. On the other hand, the While the Convent of St. Thecla, Equal-to-the-Apostles, in Ma’loula is being restored, the Convent of Our Lady of Saidnaya is still under siege.
Another heritage site was at risk during the Syrian Civil War. Unfortunately even with the country’s earnest effort in preserving the Temple of Baalshamin, in 2015, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was successful in demolishing the Temple of Baalshamin right after capturing Palmyra during the Syrian Civil War.
Aside from heritage sites, a number of famous art paintings has also been at risk but not as a result to war casualties but however due to theft. Art theft has indeed plague quite a number of famous historical works of arts and some of them were sadly not returned even to this day. The list of the Great Art Thefts of the 20th Century includes the loss of The Storm on the Sea of Galilee which is a painting from 1633 by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn. This work of art was stolen on March 18, 1990 which had a dollar figure attached to the stolen work which was $300 million.
Now the Storm on the Sea of Galilee painting is considered to be priceless. After a few decades the FBI has announced that they knew who was responsible for the Boston Art Heist. However, there have been no conclusions made public as the investigation is ongoing even to this day. The painting could have been protected and kept safe when they employed master key systems to keep each one of them secured.
Of course, everything is in the past now and being upset about the mistake will not really change anything. What art museums can do however is to reinforce their art galleries and other related exhibits at all times as this can discourage those who are thinking about stealing them. Locksmiths today are able to do just that designing and installing a master key system which allows one key to access all of their client’s locks. Furthermore, they can even tailor to their system to include different key levels – allowing access, or restricting access as you require. Learn more about the master key systems and how they are able to protect your valuables.