Association for Research into Crimes against Art
The Quest for Justice
Criminal acts against works of art happen more frequently than the public imagines. The stories of these objects range from the dramatic to the all but forgotten. Art works are plundered during war, dug up for profit, stolen from museums, laundered on the art market and sometimes held as collateral by organised crime groups. Art will always attract criminals. Not because criminals are charmed or fascinated by it more than other people, but because with it, there will always be a market.
The (il)licit art market
Stolen Buddha goes home
Camorra and Van Gogh thefts
Conflict antiquities trade
Where has your art been?
Complexities of restitution
Syria's looted heritage
War and plunder in Koh Ker
Provenance and restitution
On December 3, 2018 Lisa Lapin, Vice President of Communications, J. Paul Getty Trust, released a press statement on the decision by Italy’s Court of Cassation on the Legal Ownership of the Victorious Youth. The museum also issued a timeline which I have elaborated...
In 2006 Italian "fisherman" Igli Rosato a.k.a Athos Rosato spoke with US journalist Jason Felch about the fateful day in 1964 when the Victorious Youth bronze was fished from the Adriatic. In that interview Rosato told the journalist that the statue was hauled up 32...
Italy’s Court of Cassation rejects the J. Paul Getty Museum’s appeal against the lower court ruling on the Getty Bronze
On Monday, Italy’s Cassation Court rejected the J. Paul Getty Museum's appeal against the lower court ruling in Pesaro, issued by Magistrate Giacomo Gasparini. That earlier ruling, issued on June 08, 2018, was in favour of the prosecution’s request for seizure of the...
3 Men and a Painting: Savvy accomplices make off with “Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Entering Vienna's oldest auction house, the Dorotheum, just after sunset, three well-dressed men in jackets and coats, working in tandem are believed to have made off with a landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir titled Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes (English: Gulf,...