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Top 10 Lost Artworks


June 20, 2012

Artworks are lost for several reasons. Disasters – both natural and man-made, war, repression by political or religious …

The unfinished art business of World War Two

The astonishing find in a Munich flat of 1,500 paintings missing since 1939 points to two art crimes.

The first is Adolf Hitler's crusade to fill his Fuehrermuseum at Linz, Austria, with the supreme paintings of the world - looted, confiscated and purchased by the Nazis in the occupied countries of …

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Monuments Men: The Crafty Artist Warriors of World War II (PHOTOS)

Authentic World War II Pictures - Nazi Loot from the Holocaust-Era

Nazi Loot from the Holocaust-Era

Nazi Loot from the Holocaust-Era, Churches, Scrolls, Torah, Gold, Salt Mine treasures

We have gathered a collection of …

Art experts trained to spot work looted during WWII

Art experts are taking part in a conference in Germany aimed at recovering works looted by the Nazis.

More than 60 years after the end of World War II, there are still millions of lost or stolen items that have yet to be returned to their rightful heirs.

The conference will provide advanced training …

World War II

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Nazi trove in Munich contains unknown works by masters

Previously unknown artworks by masters are among more than 1,400 pieces found in a trove of Nazi-looted art in Munich, German officials say.

As slides of the paintings were shown at a news conference, an expert said the works had been seized from private individuals or institutions.

Previously …


Q+A: How To Save the Arts in Times of War

Sites like Iran’s Persepolis are on world heritage lists, but that won’t spare them from harm during armed conflict. Organizations like the Committee …

Ms. Maria Altmann Talking About The Gold Portrait by Gustav Klimt

Pissarro masterpiece travels a twisted history

The court challenges to recover a painting taken by the Nazis in 1939 have been as tortuous as its provenance.

Reporting from La Mesa, Calif. — After a lunch of chopped egg and crackers, Claude Cassirer plants his walker on the worn floorboards of his tiny living room, rhythmically inching his way …

8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this massive bronze statue of the sun god Helios towered over the Greek city of Rhodes for most of the …

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Most Wanted: Works of Art

Bernardo Bellotto

View of the Grand Canal in Venice

Medium: oil on canvas
Height: 22.83 in. (58.00 cm.)
Width: 33.10 in. (84.00 cm.)
Property of the …

Stolen Matisse Painting Recovered 25 Years After Theft

2013 brought a pleasant surprise to the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden when a previously stolen Matisse valued at $1M was recovered by the …

Stolen paintings recovered in Rome 40 years after art heist

It was one of the most audacious art thefts seen in Rome: one night in 1971 a gang of thieves slipped into the plush residence of a construction magnate in the upmarket Parioli neighbourhood and walked out with 42 rare paintings, including works by Van Dyck and Poussin.

Detectives soon concluded …

What Is the Value of Stolen Art?

Making money from stolen paintings — particularly famous ones — is not a straightforward matter, and those who try to do so fall broadly into two categories. The first, most common type is the naïf, who steals a painting but has laid few plans beyond the theft itself. He soon discovers that the …

Lost Art Project | The Clark

Archive for the ‘Lost Art Project’ Category

The Clark Photograph and Clippings Archive contains nearly a million images that were used to teach and …

Sophie Calle: Remembrance of Gardner Paintings Lost

“Every time there is a major theft somewhere in the world, it comes up,” says Pieranna Cavalchini. She’s referring to the unsolved 1990 heist of 13 …


10 Impressive Art Heists

When three men walked into the E.G. Bürle Foundation museum in Zurich, Switzerland, on Feb. 12, 2008, the masterpieces didn't stand a chance. In …

More than $100M in art lost in 9/11 attacks

Lucy Foster, the Port Authority manager whose duties include upkeep of its public art, looks over what remains of the Alexander Calder sculpture, …

The Baghdad Museum set to reopen

A glimmer of good news from Iraq, where cultural heritage has sustained so much damage. Martin Bailey reports for the Art Newspaper that the Iraqi …

5 Fascinating Cases of Stolen Artwork Recovered

Even the world’s most famous painting was at one point susceptible to theft. Da Vinci’s masterpiece went missing from the Louvre’s Salon Carré on …

Romanian’s Tale Has Art World Fearing the Worst

PARIS — To Olga Dogaru, a lifelong resident of the tiny Romanian village of Carcaliu, the strangely beautiful artworks her son had brought home in a suitcase four months earlier had become a curse.

No matter, she said, that the works — seven in all — were signed by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, …

The Greatest Fake-Art Scam in History?

One of his forgeries hung in a show at the Met. Steve Martin bought another of his fake paintings. Still others have sold at auction for multi-million-dollar prices. So how did a self-described German hippie pull off one of the biggest, most lucrative cons in art-world history? And how did he get …

Mali Conflict: Unesco Says Protecting Heritage Sites Key To Building Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or Unesco, urged both Malian and French forces involved in the Mali conflict to …

Cops bust 'thieves' after Banksy art

The NYPD can’t catch the guy who’s putting up the graffiti – but they’ve arrested some guys who tried to take it down.

After a month of fruitlessly …