Going Home, by William Conor, was taken from the James Wray Gallery in James Street South last month.
The artwork is valued between £20,000 and £30,000.
A member of staff from the gallery called police after someone contacted him claiming that there were ways in which the painting could be returned.
One man has been arrested in connection with the theft but has since been released on bail.
The Stolen Gardner Art is firmly in a cul-de-sac with nowhere to go but back to the Gardner Museum Boston.
If you will allow Art Hostage to play Devil's Advocate for a brief moment.
The Vermeer and co are in my possession owing me outstanding money for drug deals that have been intercepted.
Now, the American millionaire offering to buy the Vermeer and co, probably FBI Icon Robert Wittman.
The Irish Millionaire offering to buy the Vermeer and co, probably Garda, Irish Police.
The Eastern European Godfather millionaire offering to buy the Vermeer and co, probably Rocky, who recovered the stolen Turners from Germany.
The Underworld contact offering to buy the Vermeer and co, probably he is in trouble and is making a deal to sting you, whist receiving a lesser sentence for his efforts.
When the guys come back to pay off the debt owed against the Vermeer and co, Special Branch, FBI and Police will be watching and all of you will get arrested.
You see the pattern developing here, the Vermeer and co have outlasted their usefulness in the Underworld and when the music stops and they are recovered, someone will be left holding a debt or owing a debt.
Arguments will follow, shootings may occur, people could lose their lives, criminal business will be disrupted, other Godfathers will be angry because of all the heat the Vermeer and co have generated, and so on, and on....
The final two options left are one, keep the Vermeer and co hidden, although this is just going to generate heat and the possibility of loss increases all the time as Police devote more resources to finding the Vermeer and co.
or second take the Catholic church confession box route with a nominee claiming the reward.
This will give you "Some" Chance of a reward, any other option will give you "No" chance of reward, and could cost you your liberty as well.
But go ahead, ignore the advice of Art Hostage enter into some kind of deal and get stung, arrested, keep the Vermeer and co hidden and risk their discovery, a thought that hangs over you like the Sword of Damocles, no, you must be a pragmatic intelligent person to have come this far in your career, possession of the Vermeer and co risks flushing all you have achieved down the toilet.
Oh and in case you are wondering, Art Hostage could claim the reward for handing back the Vermeer and co. if you offered the Vermeer and co to Art Hostage to hand back.
I would have to decline, why, well imagine Art Hostage trying to hand back the Vermeer and co and saying they were found behind the bike shed ?
Art Hostage would get a slap around the face by Vernon "The Bookkeeper" Rapley, FBI Icon Robert Wittman, Tricky Dick Ellis Mark "The Elitist" Dalrymple, and Julian Radcliffe.
Art Hostage would then be sent packing without so much as a thank you and the threat of prosecution ringing in his ears.
You see, Art Hostage is not trying to hoodwink, sting or other-wise.
No golden hello's from Art Hostage, no golden promises, just an untraceable venue to hand back the Vermeer and co, Catholic church confession box, and the advice to to give Anthony Amore a chance to explain how you may receive the reward.
Anthony Amore Boston 617 278 5114 or Anthony Amore, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, if you feel confident in you nominee then just go ahead and facilitate the recovery of the Vermeer and co via the Catholic church confession box and start the ball rolling with the reward claim.
If Art Hostage is writing how the Vermeer and co have been recovered as a result of a sting, or recovered during a police raid, then you will only have yourself to blame, as I have tried till I'm Blue in the face to tell you to hand them back before they get snatched back.