ARCA’s eCourses

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$130
Flood damage to artworks

The Fine Art of Fine Art Insurance

Insurance is integral to the financial stability of museums, art galleries, corporate and personal collections. This 4-hour, 2-session, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will introduce basic insurance concepts that will educate anyone involved in collection management of museum collections, galleries, corporate and private collections. We will learn about insurance requirements such as appraisals and other valuation methods.
$30
“Entry to Paris of works intended for the Napoleon Museum (Louvre)”, circa 1810-1813, porcelain vase decoration by Antoine Béranger

L’imperatore dei ladri: Napoleone e il saccheggio del Patrimonio Artistico italiano. Saldo!

Questo breve corso di due ore illustrerà il saccheggio subito dal Bel Paese durante il dominio napoleonico. Le distruzioni e i “ravvedimenti” durante la Rivoluzione francese, le vittorie del grande generale e i trattati (ampiamente violati) come quello di Tolentino: sarà questo il quadro storico che accompagnerà le mostruose perdite subite dagli Stati Italiani durante le varie fasi dell’epopea di Napoleone.
$30
“Entry to Paris of works intended for the Napoleon Museum (Louvre)”, circa 1810-1813, porcelain vase decoration by Antoine Béranger

The emperor of thieves: Napoleon and the pillage of the Italian artistic heritage – Sale!

In this two hour introductory lecture we will dive into the sacking suffered by Italy during the Napoleonic rule and how the return of treasures after the commander’s defeat set a model for museums today.
$130
Time Eroding

Time Crime: The Transnational Business of Smuggling Cultural Property – 2nd Edition

This 4-hour, 2-session, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will explore how stolen and looted art can serve as a criminal currency for networks that support themselves on the proceeds of crime, money laundering, drugs, arms, and even (on occasion) terrorism. This introductory course provides the rudimentary framework of the history of transnational cultural property crime, while underscoring this is not a victimless crime, nor one that only impacts the wealthy.
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Paint theft Recovery in Serbia

In sunlight or in shadow: The Modern Plague of Art and Antiquities Thefts

Contrary to popular belief art crime does not only affect a small privileged section of society. In actuality, the phenomenon is rooted in the history of mankind and has great impact on nations as well as individuals. 
$170
John Myatt with his version of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Fakes and Forgeries: Understanding the Minds, Methods and Motives of Master Forgers – 2nd Edition

This six-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio eCourse will illustrate how fakes and forgeries fall into their own individual category in the study of art crime, as the methodology, deceit and dupery of criminal forgers differ considerably from that of other criminals involved in art theft and antiquities looting.
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“Entry to Paris of works intended for the Napoleon Museum (Louvre)”, circa 1810-1813, porcelain vase decoration by Antoine Béranger

The emperor of thieves: Napoleon and the pillage of the Italian artistic heritage

In this two hour introductory lecture we will dive into the sacking suffered by Italy during the Napoleonic rule and how the return of treasures after the commander’s defeat set a model for museums today.
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Provenance Research

Provenance research in a (post?)-pandemic world

This two-session, 4.5-hour low participant-to-instructor ratio eCourse centres on provenance research, which has emerged on the global stage in the late 1990s as a key discipline for clarifying the history of art objects claimed by the families of Nazi victims.
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World War II Art stored in Salt mine

Nazi cultural thefts in Europe, 1933-1945

This five-hour, two session, low participant-to-instructor ratio course will provide an overview of the breadth of Nazi-sponsored thefts of Jewish-owned cultural assets from January 1933 to May 1945.
$170

The supply side of illicit antiquities trafficking: analyzing looters from a criminological perspective

This six-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will focus on this missing link based on groundbreaking research by prof Balcells into the operation and network of antiquities looters.
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Museums and heritage sites in the 21st Century: what is their role?

Until the late 20th century museums and historical sites were seen as uncontroversial places preserving “culture” for the benefit of all. This six hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will illustrate how during the 21st century this cosy image has been increasingly challenged and then, in the summer of 2020, it came crashing down as the full force of the Black Lives Matter movement put heritage centre stage in what is often referred to as the “culture wars”.
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Repatriation – beyond litigation

Repatriation for most people conjures up images of litigious, ill-tempered confrontations played out in the media as much as the courtroom. In this six-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse participants will learn that not all repatriations have taken this path. Increasingly, mutually agreed repatriation arrangements have been used, and have led to positive outcomes in terms of cultural exchange and economic development.
$170
Behind bars

Art, crime and criminology: how to analyse cultural heritage crime empirically

This six-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will introduce participants to the subject of criminology in general, as a discipline charged with the task of empirically analysing actions society defines as crimes. Over five sessions, participants will explore the interconnected issues and human-driven elements of crime and deviant behaviour, and how they relate to art crime offenders.
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Museum gallery

Proactive Museum Security: Threat and Risk Management 2.0!

This ten-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will explore practical and innovative approaches to protecting against common and uncommon threats in museums, libraries, and cultural institutions. Topics addressed include theft, vandalism, natural disasters, fire, environmental hazards, and violent acts.
$30
“Entry to Paris of works intended for the Napoleon Museum (Louvre)”, circa 1810-1813, porcelain vase decoration by Antoine Béranger

L’imperatore dei ladri: Napoleone e il saccheggio del Patrimonio Artistico italiano.

Questo breve corso di due ore illustrerà il saccheggio subito dal Bel Paese durante il dominio napoleonico. Le distruzioni e i “ravvedimenti” durante la Rivoluzione francese, le vittorie del grande generale e i trattati (ampiamente violati) come quello di Tolentino: sarà questo il quadro storico che accompagnerà le mostruose perdite subite dagli Stati Italiani durante le varie fasi dell’epopea di Napoleone.
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John Myatt with his version of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Fakes and Forgeries: Understanding the Minds, Methods and Motives of Master Forgers – 1st Edition

This six-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio eCourse will illustrate how fakes and forgeries fall into their own individual category in the study of art crime, as the methodology, deceit and dupery of criminal forgers differ considerably from that of other criminals involved in art theft and antiquities looting.
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Napoleon sacking Venice

The Prince of Plunderers: Napoleon and his Art Plundering

This informative two hour illustrated lecture will trace the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte, revealing the plunder carried out by the French army or French officials under this political leader's command in the territories of the First French Empire, including the Italian peninsula, Spain, Portugal, the Low Countries, and Central Europe.
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Rose Valland Ausweis 1942

Rose Valland: Hero in the Museum

Challenging gender norms, not all Monuments Men are men. This one hour illustrated lecture tells the inspiring story of Rose Antonia Maria Valland, a World War II-era monumental heroine. As a French art historian and member of the French Resistance, Volland was a woman of uncommon character who risked her life at Paris' Jeu de Paume to meticulously document National French and private Jewish-owned art being stolen on the orders of Adolph Hitler and Reichsmarshal Hermann Wilhelm Göring.
$130
Antiquity

Looting and Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities in the Middle East and North Africa: Understanding the Minds and Motives of Looters, Traffickers and Dealers and Other Supply Chain Actors

This three-session, 4.5-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will provide an introduction to the devastating effects of the looting and trafficking of antiquities in the Middle East and North Africa. The course’s sessions will provide examples of conflict and post-conflict incidences with illustrative examples from multiple countries, from Afghanistan in the East to Libya in the West.
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Time Eroding

Time Crime: The Transnational Business of Smuggling Cultural Property

This 6-hour, 3 session, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will explore how stolen and looted art can serve as a criminal currency for networks that support themselves on the proceeds of crime, money laundering, drugs, arms, and even (on occasion) terrorism. This introductory course provides the rudimentary framework of the history of transnational cultural property crime, while underscoring this is not a victimless crime, nor one that only impacts the wealthy.

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