365 Days of Art: October 8 – Serial Art Vandal Arrested After Attacking Rembrandts

Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph, 1656

Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph, 1656

October 8, 1977

Serial art vandal Hans Bohlmann is arrested, after vandalizing four paintings, including two Rembrandts, the day before. Bohlmann is known for targeting faces in his attacks, which I’m sure a psychologist would have plenty to say about. Unlike some vandals, Bohlmann also doesn’t limit himself to artwork; he’s also known for setting a fire in a church and spraying swastikas on hundreds of tombstones. Like many serial criminals, he enjoys reading about his crimes in the papers and very much enjoys his notoriety.