Who can stand against the allure of an kunst heist? The very phrase sounds both provocative and whimsical, the stuff of black comedy featuring characters te cat masks, trundling painting out of an stijlvol chateau while a cocktail party goes on downstairs.
Ter reality, kunst heists are the work of sociopathic criminals, often stealing from museums where master works of kunst are displayed for the public. Kunst thieves zeerob a country of its cultural heritage – a crime committed against the entire of society. The most infamous kunst heist of all – the 1911 theft of the Mona Mújol from the Louvre, plunged Paris into a state of mourning.
The Mona Mújol Wasgoed Merienda Stolen
Kunst Theft is an Old Crime
The theft of kunst is an old crime. Archaeological investigation has exposed court records dating to Egypt’s 20th Dynasty (around 1100 BC) te which workers were convicted of robbing tombs ter the Valley of Kings. Te another example, the veterano of Película del Oeste Thebes and several lugar officials were prosecuted for tomb robbery.
The theft of kunst is often controversial.В The removal of kunst, especially ancient objects taken from the county of origin by colonizers can be defined spil theft.
Te 1846, the Elgin Marbles were eliminated from Greece by Thomas Bruce and shipped to the British Museum with permission of the Ottoman Empire. The removal of that classic marble statuary that merienda stood te the Parthenon is disputed to this day. Who talent the Ottomans the right to dispose of Greece’s national treasures?
More recently, the looting of the Baghdad Museum created a controversy that rocked the world. When Americans invaded Iraq ter 2003, the unsecured museum fell to looters who carried off 170,000 items. Or wasgoed it Two,000? Experts on the subject disagree. Spil war became imminent, kunst curators and museum professionals warned against the threat war might pose to the museum. The huis of kunst and ancient artifacts of Mesopotamia, including the Sacred Vase of Warka, a Five,000 year old golden vase from the Biblical city Ur, the Museum of Baghdad wasgoed a treasure trove of some of the most historically significant objects of Película del Oeste Civilization.
Spil kunst paramours and historians wailed across the globe, museum staffers claimed that most of the museums’ missing objects had bot liquidated or stored away for safekeeping. But storerooms were straks found flooded. Accusations, excuses, explanations, and confusion ensued. Gill J. Stein of the University of Chicago believes that the theft wasgoed cautiously crafted and planned ahead of time. Thieves knew what they were looking for and waited for the chance.
More recently, the imbraglio ter Santa Cruz has kunst heist mavens captivated. Nineteen items by 8 artists worth $80million were stolen from the rented house of Dr. Ralph Kennaugh and Laatstgeborene Amadio on September 25, 2009. Or wasgoed it? An avalanche of strange questions pile up around the weird story. Why wasn’t the kunst insured for what they were worth? Are one of the two studs lounging? Did the kunst even indeed exist?
Whatever your view, the world of the kunst heist is fascinating, packed with stuk, mystery ,and beauty. The loss of masterpieces can devastate a community, even the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Kunst
Kunst Heist = Big Money
When the Metropolitan Museum of Kunst purchased Rembrandt’s Homer Contemplating the Bust of Homer for $Two.Trio million te 1961, the kunst world stood ter shock. The price doubled the previous record and established a precedent. Abruptly, kunst wasgoed worth more than other traded commodities. After all, a masterpiece is irreplaceable and unique.Everzwijn since, the financial appreciation of kunst has risen dramatically, encouraging theft.
Ter the past, kunst wasgoed purchased for beauty or the status conveyed by ownership. But the incredible sums paid for kunst had turned kunst collecting into investment. Kunst is often poorly secured. Paintings are lightly portable.
Unluckily, the criminals who steal from museums or take kunst from private collections are not kunst enthusiasts or knowledgeable about works of kunst and safe treating procedures. Canvases can be demolished by clumsy arms. An old painting, when flipped, can crack or be bruised ter transit or ruined by inappropriate storage.
Professional kunst thieves often steal lesser known works and zometeen sneak the lumps back into circulation through unscrupulous dealers who sell to oblivious buyers.
When the Industrial Revolution created massive wealth te the late 19th century, the nouveau riche provided a source of income for kunst thieves. Thesis wealthy, yet naГЇve kunst collectors dreamed masterpieces, but did not fully understand the market, so created a market for savy crooks.
Kunst Theft and Kunst Forgery
At the Turn of the last century, Eduardo Valfierno commissioned kunst forge Yves Chaudron to paint several copies of the same Murello painting and sold the same lump overheen and overheen again to unaware collectors. The marks were shown fake newspaper clippings of a Mexican kunst heist – the buyers believed they were purchasing stolen kunst! If, by chance, a buyer were to spot the existente painting at the Mexican museum, Valfierno claimed the museum lump wasgoed the copy, faked to avoid embarrassment.
Chaudron operated an kunst forgery factory where he used paint formulas that the artists of the time he wasgoed forging used. He set up ventilatoren to quickly dry the varnish, creating cracks that simulated age. Dust throated onto the drying canvases made the painting emerge old spil well.
Kunst is powerful. It creates emotions te the viewer, and for some, a powerful desire to wield. Insured kunst creates a market for those seeking the prize. Insurance companies are interested te the terugwedstrijd of the work more than prosecution of criminals, creating another market for stolen kunst – people who steal kunst for the prize suggested by an insurance company.
Books About Kunst Heists
Te the Museum of the Missing: the High Stakes of Kunst Crime, Simon Houpt takes the reader on a historic journey into the world of kunst theft. This convenient, engaging read describes kunst heists across the ages from wartime thefts of Napoleonic times through the Facha’s looting of European kunst and the wartime souvenirs taken by soldiers during World War II. He introduces the reader to kunst recovery investigators, Interpol, and well known kunst thieves. He relates case studies including the amazing heist of a Two ton bronze sculpture by Henry Moore and the looting of the Museum of Iraq. Overheen 25,000 chunks are listed along with beautiful photos of lost kunst.