Five Famous Missing Paintings Go on Display in a Virtual Gallery

The Stolen Art Gallery is not a physical space that art lovers can visit. It’s an app, created by Brazilian company Compass UOL, which displays some of the world’s most famous missing paintings.

Five Famous Missing Paintings Go On Display in a Virtual Gallery Users from all over the world can download the app and use it for free. Although the app is available on smartphones, its creators advise people to use it with a VR headset to thoroughly enjoy the artwork.

Here are five famous paintings that are currently on display in The Stolen Art Gallery:

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee is Rembrandt’s only seascape. The painting depicts a biblical figure calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee and dates back to 1633. Valued at about $100 million, it’s one of the most expensive works of art to have ever gone missing.

Nativity With St. Francis and St. Lawrence

Missing since the late 1960s, Nativity With St. Francis and St. Lawrence is one of Caravaggio’s most popular paintings. Completed in Rome in 1609 and later moved to the Sicilian city of Palermo, it was stolen from the Oratory of Saint Lawrence.

Poppy Flowers

Vincent van Gogh’s Poppy Flowers were stolen twice from the Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo. The painting was first taken in 1977 and was recovered after a decade of laborious investigation. It went missing for the second time in 2010 and is yet to be found.

Chez Tortoni

Chez Tortoni by Édouard Manet was stolen in the same heist as The Storm on the Sea of Galilee. Created around 1875, this oil-on-canvas painting is one of the smallest pieces of art (10 in x 13 in) painted by the renowned French impressionist.

View of Auvers-sur-Oise

Believed to have been painted by Paul Cézanne between 1879 and 1880, View of Auvers-sur-Oise depicts a landscape in the Northern parts of France. The painting was taken from the Ashmolean Museum in England in 1999 and has been missing ever since.

Compass UOL Hopes to Add More Paintings

Compass UOL CEO, Alexis Rockenbach, hopes to expand the app’s virtual collection by adding more missing paintings in the future. But for the time being, these five masterpieces should be enough to satisfy art lovers throughout the globe.