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Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft (vuoden 2006 painos)

– tekijä: Simon Houpt (Tekijä)

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Priceless masterpieces...Brazen thefts: The true story behind the blank spaces on the museum walls.    What kind of person would dare to steal a legendary painting--and who would buy something so instantly recognizable? In recent years, art theft has captured the public imagination more than ever before, spurred by both real life incidents (the snatching of Edvard Munch's well-known masterwork The Scream) and the glamorous fantasy of such Hollywood films as The Thomas Crown Affair. The truth is, according to INTERPOL records, more than 20,000 stolen works of art are missing--including Rembrandts, Renoirs, van Goghs, and Picassos. Museum of the Missing offers an intriguing tour through the underworld of art theft, where the stakes are high and passions run strong. Not only is the volume beautifully written and lavishly illustrated--if all the paintings presented here could be gathered in one museum it would be one of the finest collections in existence--it tells a story as fascinating as any crime novel. This gripping page-turner features everything from wartime plundering to audacious modern-day heists, from an examination of the criminals' motivations to a look at the professionals who spend their lives hunting down the wrongdoers. Most breathtaking of all, this invaluable resource offers a "Gallery of Missing Art," an extensive section showcasing stolen paintings that remain lost--including information about the theft and estimated present-day value--and which may never be seen again.   … (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft
Kirjailijat:Simon Houpt (Tekijä)
Info:Sterling (2006), Edition: 1St Edition, 192 pages
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As much as I enjoyed reading this book, I don't think that it quite lived up to its potential. It could have been a grand overview of the major conflicts in history that led to wide-scale pillaging of cultural history, a diary exploring the psyches' of the world's greatest art thieves (caught or otherwise), and a collection of tales of mystery which tell of all the works not yet found and the detectives who hunt for them. It dabbles in all of these topics - covering subjects like the reign of Napoleon, the recovery of the Mona Lisa, and the role of auction houses in the case of fencing stolen art - but none of these topics are covered in any sort of depth, which resulted in this book serving as a mere warning to the general public about the problem of art theft. My appetite is whetted, though, so I will certainly seek out more books on this topic (fictional, semi-fictional, with the hope that some of the nonfiction will live up to the storytelling potential of the others). ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 26, 2021 |
I've always love a good heist movie, but what's the real thing like. This book gives a brief history of art dealership and how art got so expensive, big heists, and current issues such as security and restitution from the holocaust. All of this of this, plus beautiful artwork, makes this a fun non-fiction book. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
This beautifully illustrated tome will appeal to those interested in learning more about the stories behind some of the most famous art thefts in history, ingenious swindles carried out by daring criminals, heartless looting of cultural treasures by nations, and all the law enforcement agencies and cultural institutions who tried (and still try) to stop them.

I’d originally borrowed this from a local library to find out more about the Gardner heist in Boston, but was so captivated by the author’s storytelling and interesting tidbits of background information that he’d woven into the short texts, that I bought my own hardback copy and read the whole thing.
Not only does the author describe in detail several of the more brazen and important art crimes worldwide, he goes further, placing the robberies or looting in historical context, describing the value of the objects within criminal organizations, and explaining the important role of forgeries in many thefts.

The role of political leaders behind some of the more extensive looting's is also described, as well as the rightful owners’ often unsuccessful quest to regain possession of their sculpture, painting or antique heirloom. The complex research and investigative work of private detectives, museum staff and police in trying to find these missing pieces is also well explained. The book ends with a lengthy appendix of missing masterpieces and descriptions of their theft or disappearance.

It is not an exhaustive reference book, more of an introduction into this murky world of looted, stolen and forged art. And quite an entertaining one!
  jennifersalderson | Jul 4, 2016 |
This beautifully illustrated tome will appeal to those interested in learning more about the stories behind some of the most famous art thefts in history, ingenious swindles carried out by daring criminals, heartless looting of cultural treasures by nations, and all the law enforcement agencies and cultural institutions who tried (and still try) to stop them.

I’d originally borrowed this from a local library to find out more about the Gardner heist in Boston, but was so captivated by the author’s storytelling and interesting tidbits of background information that he’d woven into the short texts, that I bought my own hardback copy and read the whole thing.
Not only does the author describe in detail several of the more brazen and important art crimes worldwide, he goes further, placing the robberies or looting in historical context, describing the value of the objects within criminal organizations, and explaining the important role of forgeries in many thefts.

The role of political leaders behind some of the more extensive looting's is also described, as well as the rightful owners’ often unsuccessful quest to regain possession of their sculpture, painting or antique heirloom. The complex research and investigative work of private detectives, museum staff and police in trying to find these missing pieces is also well explained. The book ends with a lengthy appendix of missing masterpieces and descriptions of their theft or disappearance.

It is not an exhaustive reference book, more of an introduction into this murky world of looted, stolen and forged art. And quite an entertaining one!

*Neem me niet kwalijk dat dit recensie in het Engels is. Ik heb het boek in het Nederlands gelezen, maar het blijft mij tweede taal. wilde liever dat mijn mening duidelijk was -- en in het Engels -- in plaats van verwarrend. ( )
  jennifersalderson | Jul 4, 2016 |
This beautifully illustrated tome will appeal to those interested in learning more about the stories behind some of the most famous art thefts in history, ingenious swindles carried out by daring criminals, heartless looting of cultural treasures by nations, and all the law enforcement agencies and cultural institutions who tried (and still try) to stop them.

I’d originally borrowed this from a local library to find out more about the Gardner heist in Boston, but was so captivated by the author’s storytelling and interesting tidbits of background information that he’d woven into the short texts, that I bought my own hardback copy and read the whole thing.
Not only does the author describe in detail several of the more brazen and important art crimes worldwide, he goes further, placing the robberies or looting in historical context, describing the value of the objects within criminal organizations, and explaining the important role of forgeries in many thefts.

The role of political leaders behind some of the more extensive looting's is also described, as well as the rightful owners’ often unsuccessful quest to regain possession of their sculpture, painting or antique heirloom. The complex research and investigative work of private detectives, museum staff and police in trying to find these missing pieces is also well explained. The book ends with a lengthy appendix of missing masterpieces and descriptions of their theft or disappearance.

It is not an exhaustive reference book, more of an introduction into this murky world of looted, stolen and forged art. And quite an entertaining one! ( )
  jennifersalderson | Jul 4, 2016 |
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Priceless masterpieces...Brazen thefts: The true story behind the blank spaces on the museum walls.    What kind of person would dare to steal a legendary painting--and who would buy something so instantly recognizable? In recent years, art theft has captured the public imagination more than ever before, spurred by both real life incidents (the snatching of Edvard Munch's well-known masterwork The Scream) and the glamorous fantasy of such Hollywood films as The Thomas Crown Affair. The truth is, according to INTERPOL records, more than 20,000 stolen works of art are missing--including Rembrandts, Renoirs, van Goghs, and Picassos. Museum of the Missing offers an intriguing tour through the underworld of art theft, where the stakes are high and passions run strong. Not only is the volume beautifully written and lavishly illustrated--if all the paintings presented here could be gathered in one museum it would be one of the finest collections in existence--it tells a story as fascinating as any crime novel. This gripping page-turner features everything from wartime plundering to audacious modern-day heists, from an examination of the criminals' motivations to a look at the professionals who spend their lives hunting down the wrongdoers. Most breathtaking of all, this invaluable resource offers a "Gallery of Missing Art," an extensive section showcasing stolen paintings that remain lost--including information about the theft and estimated present-day value--and which may never be seen again.   

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