Dulwich, London, UK: A little souvenir from the master
Sometimes the gift shop just won't cut it. Sure, you can get a print of, say, the Rembrandt you saw a few rooms back, or a postcard version, or keychain. But wouldn't it be nicer to just have the Rembrandt itself? Slipped into your Harrods bag?
Of course it would. And that—along with enough Rubens, Van Dycks, Van Ruisdaels, Watteaus, Tiepolos and Canalettos to satisfy any art buff—gives a visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London a special thrill.
The Dulwich has, over the years, been famously obliging about parting with their artworks. In 1966, souvenir hunters helped themselves to eight paintings, including half a dozen Rembrandts and Rubens.
One of those Rembrandts is Jacob de Gheyn III, painted in 1632. It's now been on four vacations from the museum, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most stolen painting of all time. Its nickname is 'the takeaway Rembrandt'.
Before you get the idea that you can star in your own Ocean's Twelve or Thomas Crown Affair, note that the museum has improved security over the years, particularly when it comes to Mr. de Gheyn. Still, it's fun to think about.
Meanwhile, enjoy this somewhat off-the-beaten-path museum, its exceptional collection of artwork, and its colorful history.