365 Days of Art: September 13 – Michelangelo Begins Carving, Childe Hassam Travels to Gloucester, Art Vandal Prepares to Attack, Boston MFA Exhibits Stolen Painting

David by Michelangelo, in the Accademia Gallery

David by Michelangelo, in the Accademia Gallery

September 13, 1501

About a month after signing the contract for his first commission, Michelangelo picks up his tools early in the morning and begins carving the statue of David. He will work on it for over two years.

Childe Hassam, Gloucester Inner Harbor, 1899

Childe Hassam, Gloucester Inner Harbor, 1899

September 13, 1900

American Impressionist Childe Hassam arrives in Gloucester, Massachusetts to paint. The area is popular with artists like Winslow Homer, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery, Barnett Newman, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, Robert Henri, John Twachtman and Stuart Davis.

The Night Watch, Rembrandt, 1642

The Night Watch, Rembrandt, 1642

September 13, 1975

An unemployed schoolteacher named Wilhelmus de Rijk makes preparations to vandalize Rembrandt’s The Night Watch the following day. He walks to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum with the undeniable urge to “watch” the painting, but arrives after closing time. Next, he rents a hotel room, orders room service, and steals a knife from the tray. Stay tuned…

Senigallia Madonna, by Piero della Francesca, c. 1474

Senigallia Madonna, by Piero della Francesca, c. 1474

September 13, 2013

An exhibition consisting of just one work opens at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts: the Renaissance painting Senigallia Madonna, by Piero della Francesca. This is the first time the work has been seen in the US, and is a testament to the work of the Carabinieri Art Squad in Italy, who investigate crimes against art and cultural property, and locate the painting after it is stolen in 1975.