Art


Posts filtered by tags: Art Theft[x]


 

Italian TV employees suspected of thieving dozens of works of art

‘Priceless’ pieces removed from Rai’s offices by employees and replaced with fakes, police believe“Disloyal employees” at Italy’s public broadcaster, Rai, are suspects in the theft of dozens of works of art from its offices thought to date back to the 1970s.In what the daily newspaper Il Messaggero has described as “the sack of Rai”, the “priceless” artworks were removed from the broadcaster’s headquarters in Rome and units across the country and replaced with fakes. The works included original ...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Italy, Art Theft, Claude Monet, RAI, Amedeo Modigliani, Il Messaggero, Renato Guttuso


Plunder of Pompeii: how art police turned tide on tomb raiders

Looters have plundered Italy’s cultural sites for years, but a crackdown by the carabinieri’s art squad means recent trade has not been as fruitfulBy day, the tombaroli, or tomb raiders, marked out the spot. They used long, pointed tools to pierce the earth , beneath which there was a passage that would take them to Roman homes replete with treasure in Civita Giuliana, a suburb of ancient Pompeii, about 700 metres north-west of the main archaeological park.By night, they dug a network of tunnels...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Italy, Art Theft, Pompeii, Civita Giuliana


‘We go after them like pitbulls’ – the art detective who hunts stolen Picassos and lost Matisses

Christopher Marinello has spent three decades finding missing masterpieces, recovering half a billion dollars’ worth of art. He talks about threats from mobsters, tricky negotiations – and bungling thievesOne summer morning in 2008, Christopher Marinello was waiting on 72nd Street in Manhattan, New York. The traffic was busy, but after a few minutes he saw what he was waiting for: a gold Mercedes with blacked-out windows drew near. As it pulled up to the kerb, a man in the passenger seat held a ...
Tags: Art, Crime, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Exhibitions, US crime, The art market, Art Theft, Collecting, Van Gogh, Manhattan New York, Marinello, Paul Delvaux


Dutch police arrest man over £18m theft of Van Gogh and Hals paintings

Search continues for Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Two Laughing Boys, stolen last yearDutch police have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals with an estimated value of £18m during night-time raids on museums in the Netherlands last year.The unnamed man was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in the central town of Baarn over the thefts of Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Hals’s Two Laughing Boys. Co...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Hals, Baarn, Frans Hals, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden


Dutch police arrest man over theft of Van Gogh and Hals paintings

Search continues for multimillion-pound Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Two Laughing BoysDutch police have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing two paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from museums in the Netherlands last year.The man was held at his home in the central town of Baarn over the thefts of Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Hals’s Two Laughing Boys. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Hals, Baarn, Frans Hals, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden


France to return Klimt painting looted by the Nazis in 1938

Rosebushes Under the Trees, painted in 1905, was stolen from an Austrian Jewish familyThe French government has announced that it will return a Gustav Klimt landscape painting to its rightful owners more than 80 years after it was stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family in Austria in 1938.The colourful 1905 oil work by the Austrian symbolist painter, titled Rosebushes Under the Trees, has been hanging in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris for decades. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Nazis, Painting, World news, Culture, Austria, Art and design, Holocaust, Second world war, Paris, Art Theft, Nazism, Gustav Klimt, Klimt


'We want our riches back' – the African activist taking treasures from Europe's museums

Mwazulu Diyabanza has been fined and jailed for entering museums and forcibly removing ‘pillaged’ African artefacts. He tells our writer why the British Museum is now in his sightsMwazulu Diyabanza makes no secret of why he is in France. If coronavirus had not closed most of Europe’s museums, the Congolese activist would probably be inside one right now, wresting African objects from their displays to highlight what he sees as the mass pillaging of the continent by European colonialists.And it’s...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Africa, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Netherlands, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Art Theft


The gangster vanishes: twist in hunt for world’s largest haul of stolen art

Irish criminal disappears after leading BBC film crew to gang behind infamous Boston heistSome of the most precious paintings in the world, a billion-dollar haul including work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas and Manet, were stolen from a gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, in an audacious heist 30 years ago. But now, just as a British detective closes in on what he believes are the best clues so far to the masterpieces’ hiding place, his key contact, an Irish gangster, has disappeared.Martin “the Vi...
Tags: Art, Crime, Boston, UK News, US news, Bbc, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, US crime, Art Theft, Martin, Manet, Foley, Boston Massachusetts, Vermeer


Ancient sculpture put up for auction in UK to be returned to Iraq

Archaelogists say the Sumerian plaque dating from around 2400BC may have been lootedAn ancient sculpture is to be returned to Iraq after it was secretly smuggled out of the country and offered for sale in the UK – only to be seized by the Metropolitan police.The previously unknown Sumerian temple plaque – dating from about 2400BC – is being repatriated with the help of the British Museum, which first tipped off the police after spotting its planned sale in 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK, Iraq, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Museums, Archaeology, Art Theft, British Museum


Treble Dutch: £13m old master painting stolen for a third time

Two Laughing Boys by Frans Hals seized in overnight raid at museumIt’s nothing to smile about for lovers of Dutch art. Police have reported that Two Laughing Boyswith a Mug of Beer, by the old master Frans Hals, has been stolen for a third time.The Golden Age work, painted in 1626-7, was snatched from a small museum in the town of Leerdam, near the city of Utrecht, early on Wednesday morning. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Art Theft, Utrecht, Frans Hals, Leerdam


Hunt is on for rightful owner of Nazi-looted French painting

Sign hangs next to Nicolas Rousseau artwork in Verdun urging public for informationA 19th-century oil painting stolen from Nazi-occupied France during the second world war has gone on display in an attempt to trace its rightful owners, after being returned by the son of the German soldier who was ordered to take it.After 76 years in Germany, the small untitled artwork by the French painter Nicolas Rousseau is back in France and exhibited at the World Centre for Peace, Liberty and Human Rights in...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Germany, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Art Theft, Verdun, Nazism, Nicolas Rousseau, World Centre for Peace Liberty and Human Rights, Verdun Continue


Dutch art detective says he has 'proof of life' of stolen Van Gogh painting

Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring was snatched from a museum in Laren in MarchDutch detectives are investigating two apparent “proof of life” photographs of a £5m Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from a museum during the coronavirus lockdown.The images appear to show Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring alongside a copy of the New York Times published on the day of the painting’s theft. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, New York Times, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Nuenen, Laren, Parsonage Garden


Police seize 19,000 stolen artefacts in international art trafficking crackdown

101 suspects arrested and rare cultural treasures recovered in huge global investigation Two huge international police operations targeting the trade in stolen artworks and archaeological artefacts have led to the arrest of 101 people and the recovery of more than 19,000 items, including a pre-Columbian gold mask, a carved Roman lion and thousands of ancient coins. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Americas, Spain, World news, Colombia, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Archaeology, Art Theft


Van Gogh swiped last night during museum smash-and-grab

Last night some asshole smashed a glass door at the Singer Laren museum near Amsterdam and stole Vincent van Gogh's oil painting “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884." The museum has been closed due to COVID-19. From the Associated Press: The value of the (10" x 22") work, which was on loan from the Groninger Museum in the northern Dutch city of Groningen, was not immediately known. Van Gogh’s paintings, when they rarely come up for sale, fetch millions at auction... A team...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Museums, Amsterdam, Art Theft, Crimes, Criminals, Van Gogh, Groningen, Vincent Van Gogh, Groninger Museum, Nuenen, Laren, COVID, Parsonage Garden


Gustav Klimt theft: police question gallery owner's widow

Woman linked to Italian gallery from where painting vanished questioned over diary entryIn the latest twist to one of Italy’s most bizarre cases of stolen art, the widow of a former gallery director is being investigated as police try to piece together the mysterious circumstances surrounding the theft and recent rediscovery of a Gustav Klimt painting.Prosecutors in Piacenza are questioning Rossella Tiadina, the widow of Stefano Fugazza, who was managing the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery when Kl...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Art Theft, Gustav Klimt, Klimt, Piacenza, Ricci Oddi, Rossella Tiadina, Stefano Fugazza, Tiadina


'Like Noah's ark': Polish art collection with chequered history back on show

Czartoryski collection, parts of which were once the property of Nazis and communists, reopens amid financial controversyFrom rare parchments and ancient Egyptian mummies to artworks including a Rembrandt and a prized Leonardo da Vinci portrait, the Czartoryski collection, added to by generations of Polish nobles, is one of the most intriguing and varied in Europe.Its fate has been a mirror of Polish history: begun in lieu of a national museum at a time when Polish independence was under threat,...
Tags: Art, Europe, Nazis, World news, Noah, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Poland, Rembrandt, Art Theft, Nazism, Leonardo da Vinci, Czartoryski


Czartoryski collection back on display after decade-long wait

Polish art collection, parts of which were once the property of Nazis and communists, reopens amid financial controverseyFrom rare parchments and ancient Egyptian mummies to artworks including a Rembrandt and a prized Leonardo da Vinci portrait, the Czartoryski collection, added to by generations of Polish nobles, is one of the most intriguing and varied in Europe.Its fate has been a mirror of Polish history: begun in lieu of a national museum at a time when Polish independence was under threat,...
Tags: Art, Europe, Nazis, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Poland, Rembrandt, Art Theft, Nazism, Leonardo da Vinci, Czartoryski


Klimt art thieves confess to stealing then returning painting

Portrait of a Lady was hidden in same Italian gallery from which it went missing in 1997Two men have confessed to stealing, and then returning, a painting by Gustav Klimt in a bizarre twist to one of Italy’s most mysterious cases of stolen art.Experts confirmed on Friday the authenticity of Portrait of a Lady, which was found concealed in a wall of the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery, the same gallery in Piacenza from which it went missing almost 23 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Art Theft, Gustav Klimt, Klimt, Piacenza, Ricci Oddi


Painting found inside Italian gallery wall confirmed as a Gustav Klimt

Gardeners discovered Portrait of a Lady while clearing ivy at gallery in PiacenzaA painting found hidden in an Italian gallery in December is an authentic Gustav Klimt piece stolen almost 23 years ago, experts have confirmed.The Portrait of a Lady was one of the world’s most sought-after stolen artworks before it was found concealed in a wall of the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery, the same gallery from where it went missing in the northern city of Piacenza. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Italy, Art Theft, Gustav Klimt, Ricci Oddi, PiacenzaA, Piacenza Continue


Italian stamps showcase artworks recovered by its 'monuments men'

Country marks 50th anniversary of police taskforce with Van Gogh, Mantegna and Raphael stampsItaly has issued a set of stamps depicting stolen artworks recovered by its “monuments men” taskforce as it tries to shake off its status as the country with the highest number of art thefts in the world.The stamps, which show works by Van Gogh, Mantegna and Raphael, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. The carabinieri – Italian police – taskforce’s nickn...
Tags: Art, Europe, Nazis, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Raphael, George Clooney, Art Theft, Van Gogh Mantegna


Art detective Arthur Brand: how I found a stolen Picasso

The man dubbed the Indiana Jones of the art world says he offers thieves ‘a way out’The ring at the door of the modest east Amsterdam apartment came late in the day on Thursday 14 March. On the doorstep stood two men “with contacts in the underworld”, Arthur Brand recalls, and with them a large, rectangular package.Eagerly, Brand removed the covering and examined the contents: Buste de femme (Dora Maar), a portrait by Pablo Picasso of his mistress. Unsigned because it was never sold by the paint...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Pablo Picasso, Art Theft, Indiana Jones, Picasso, Dora Maar, Arthur Brand


How to move a masterpiece: the secret business of shipping priceless artworks

What happens when a forklift goes through your Picasso? By Andrew DicksonEarly one morning last summer, I stood inside a museum in Antwerp and watched as a painting was hung on the wall. When I walked in, the gallery was empty. To one side, there was a crate about a metre square. Royal blue, it was unmarked apart from a code number and a yellow stencilled sign reading “Lato da Aprire / Open this Side”. Although its home is nominally Florence, the painting inside was a seasoned traveller: it had ...
Tags: Art, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Art Theft, Florence, Sicily, Picasso, Antwerp, Andrew DicksonEarly


Italian police reveal '€3m painting' stolen from church was a copy

Masterpiece by 17th-century artist Brueghel the Younger was swapped to foil heist The heist appeared to have gone entirely according to plan. The thieves broke into the display case in an Italian church on Wednesday morning and made off with a €3m painting by the 17th-century Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger.But police revealed that night there had been one hitch – the snatched artwork was a copy. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Belgium, Art Theft, Brueghel, Pieter Brueghel


Thief steals painting from Moscow gallery as witnesses watch

Man took painting from wall and strolled out of gallery but picture – and thief – were located a few hours laterIt was an art heist so audacious that it seemed certain to fail. And it failed spectacularly in less than 24 hours.On Sunday evening, a man in jeans and a dark shirt walked up to a painting by landscape artist Arkhip Kuindzhi in Moscow’s New Tretyakov Gallery and lifted it right off the wall. Then, as others looked on, he grabbed the frame in one hand and strolled out of the gallery. C...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Moscow, Art Theft, New Tretyakov Gallery, Arkhip Kuindzhi


Peak sneak: daring theft of mountain painting in Moscow proves short-lived

A bold thief stole a work by artist Arkhip Kuindzhi from a gallery wall – but it was recovered in less than a dayIt was an art heist so audacious that it seemed certain to fail. And it failed spectacularly in less than 24 hours.On Sunday evening, a man in jeans and a dark shirt walked up to a painting by landscape artist Arkhip Kuindzhi in Moscow’s New Tretyakov Gallery and lifted it right off the wall. Then, as others looked on, he grabbed the frame in one hand and strolled out of the gallery. ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Moscow, Art Theft, New Tretyakov Gallery, Arkhip Kuindzhi


Venice jewellery heist: expert insight from the 'gentleman thief’

Vincenzo Pepino, the only other person to have successfully robbed Doge’s Palace, suspects £1.7m theft was an inside jobUntil January, only one other person had pulled off a burglary at Doge’s Palace, the seat of power during Venice’s years as a republic, and a museum since 1923.In 1991, Vincenzo Pipino, nicknamed the “gentleman thief” for the polite way in which he pursued his criminal exploits, spent most of a night hidden in a cell in the New Prisons building next door, carefully calculating ...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Italy, Venice, Art Theft, Organised Crime, Palace, Consoli, Vincenzo Pepino, Vincenzo Pipino, Pipino, Madonna col Bambino Madonna


Four artworks vanish from walls of French parliament

Police investigation launched after objects discovered missing during annual inventoryFrench police have launched an investigation to trace four works of art that have vanished from the walls of the Assemblée Nationale.The objects were discovered missing after an annual inventory by the state agency responsible for keeping track of works of art and furniture in public buildings at the end of last year. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Paris, Art Theft


Case of Venetian masterpiece looted by Nazis closed 80 years on

Stolen Michele Marieschi painting bought in good faith by British man 60 years ago expected to fetch more than £500,000An 18th-century Italian masterpiece is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London almost 80 years after it was looted by the Nazis. The magnificent Venetian view, painted by Michele Marieschi in 1739, belonged to a Viennese Jewish family who fled Austria in 1938 following Nazi Germany’s annexation of the country.Heinrich and Anna Maria Graf escaped to America with their five-year-ol...
Tags: Art, London, Germany, Nazis, America, Painting, UK News, World news, Austria, Art and design, Second world war, Venice, Art Theft, Eva, Nazism, Erika


Nazi-looted painting to be auctioned as owners' heirs fail to halt sale

Auction house Im Kinsky accused of moral bankruptcy for selling Bartholomeus van der Helst’s Portrait of a Man despite disputed ownership A 17th-century Dutch old master painting which was stolen by the Nazis is to be auctioned in Vienna next week, provoking outrage from the heirs of the owners from whom it was looted who have accused the auction house of moral bankruptcy.Auctioneers at Im Kinsky have not shied away from describing the painting, Bartholomeus van der Helst’s Portrait of a Man, as...
Tags: Art, Europe, Nazis, World news, Culture, Austria, Vienna, Art and design, Art Theft, Nazism, Kinsky, Im Kinsky, Bartholomeus van der Helst


Nazi art theft: Germany helps Jewish collector's heirs hunt stolen works

Ancestors of Berlin publisher Rudolf Mosse working with state-funded experts to try to recover thousands of lost piecesThe American heirs of a German-Jewish family have launched an unprecedented partnership with German state institutions to try to recover a vast art collection stolen by the Nazis.Ancestors of the Berlin publisher Rudolf Mosse will work alongside government-funded provenance researchers to seek information from leading art institutions and private collectors about what happened t...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Berlin, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Art Theft, Nazism, Rudolf Mosse



Filters
April - 2021
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  
May - 2021
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
June - 2021
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930