Rembrandt Paints Jacob de Gheyn III
Jacob de Gheyn III, also known as Jacob III de Gheyn, is a 1632 oil painting by Rembrandt.
The portrait is of Dutch engraver Jacob de Gheyn III and is part of a pair. The other piece is a portrait of de Gheyn's friend Maurits Huygens, wearing similar clothing (ruffs and black doublets) and facing the opposite direction.
The painting is smaller than most of Rembrandt's works, measuring only 29.9 by 24.9 centimetres (11.8 by 9.8 inches). This is one factor that has contributed to the numerous thefts of the work.
The painting has been given the title "takeaway Rembrandt" as it has been stolen four times since 1966 – the most recorded of any painting.
Between 14 August 1981 and 3 September 1981 the painting was taken from Dulwich Picture Gallery and retrieved when police arrested four men in a taxi who had the painting with them. A little under two years later a burglar smashed a skylight and descended through it into the art gallery, using a crowbar to remove the painting from the wall. The police arrived within three minutes but were too late to apprehend the thief. The painting was missing for three years, eventually being found on 8 October 1986 in a luggage rack at the train station of a British army garrison in Münster, Germany.
The other two times, the painting was found underneath a bench in a graveyard in Streatham, on the back of a bicycle. Each time the painting has been returned anonymously with nobody ever being charged for its disappearance.