June 10, 2020

Two thieves presenting themselves as police officers approach the door to an establishment holding valuables and, using a ruse, convince the man behind the counter to let down his defenses. They order him to step out from behind the counter. Just as he realizes that th...

June 7, 2020

The story of a painting from the Circle of John Singer Sargent of King Philip IV is the subject of an intriguing Twitter thread by Dr. Victoria Reed, the Curator of Provenance at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. A close examination of the recent history of the painting be...

June 4, 2020

The looting of art and other cultural property is about as old as warfare itself. For centuries, one people’s treasures have become another’s spoils of war.

The Antiquities Coalition (@combatlooting) refers to looting as “cultural racketeering,” and their work spans the...

June 3, 2020

On January 8, 2006, thieves broke into the City Museum of Novi Sad, tied up the guards, and made off with four paintings: Rembrandt's Portrait of the Father; Night Landscape with a Fisherman, a miniature by Pier Francesco Mola; an unattributed 16th century Dutch or Ger...

June 2, 2020

Last October, artist Patrick Carroll of the New South Wales Central Coast was dragged unconscious from a fire at the Ebbtide Mall. Despite the best efforts of first responders, the 69 year old could not be revived. 

It was a tragic tale made yet more distressing wh...

June 1, 2020

It's June 1, and in the United States, museums that have been closed for months are busy considering what security will look like when they re-open to staff and then visitors. 

It's certainly a different world: as mentioned in a previous post, visitors will be returning...

May 31, 2020

When investigating an art heist, history has shown that a close look at employees is, unfortunately, necessary. The FBI estimates that around 90% of major art thefts have included the work of an insider. In fact the Bureau has produced a valuable document for security...

May 29, 2020

  • Art Analysis & Research has posted an excerpt from an intensive study of Mikhail Larionov’s Red and Blue Rayonism (Beach). An x-ray examination of the painting revealed that the abstract work was painted over a portrait that only led to more intrigue behind the wor...

May 28, 2020

Allison McNearney at The Daily Beast recently wrote a smart synopsis of the art thefts perpetrated against the Russborough House in County Wicklow, Ireland. The estate of the Beit family can make two particular claims to fame: it is the longest house in all of Ireland,...

May 27, 2020

While most equate art theft with elaborate museum heists, the most common place from which art is stolen is private homes.

On the evening of September 8, 2012, an armed thief broke into a Houston home and demanded from the owner her valuables. Fearing that the thief wo...

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