According to multiple news outlets, a train recently discovered deep underneath a Polish mountain, may contain Nazi-looted treasures, including the famous Amber Room panels. Once displayed at Tsarskoye Selo in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the panels were stolen during World War Two and disappeared without a trace until now; it was widely feared that they were destroyed near the end of the war.… Continue reading Exciting Breaking News! Nazi Loot Found (Maybe)
As all of you probably know, the topic of art crime is very important to me. Art matters to me, so people who threaten it bother me deeply. Thus far, I've written about forgery, the theft and repatriation of art during World War Two, the work of The Monuments Men, and destruction of cultural heritage currently… Continue reading Rose Valland – Art Spy Extraordinaire
The Monuments Men Foundation for Art the Preservation of Art's facebook page, which by the way is one of the best resources out there for information about cultural heritage advocacy, recently linked to this article from The Daily Beast about art forgery on eBay.My first reaction was that anyone who thinks they're going to buy a Picasso on eBay deserves… Continue reading Art Crimes Awareness: Ebay and the Modern Forger
To be perfectly honest, this is probably the most depressing article I've ever written. In the past few years alone, we've lost so many irreplaceable ancient monuments. However, I felt that this topic was really important to talk about. I just hope things will calm down soon. Cultural Heritage in Peril: Ancient Victims of… Continue reading Cultural Heritage in Peril: Ancient Victims of Modern War in the Middle East – HeadStuff
My article on art forgery in the twentieth century has just been published on HeadStuff.org. Check it out! A Brief History of Art Forgery in Four Crazy Case Studies - HeadStuff.
To be honest, I haven't been much into reading fiction lately. When I was in grade school, I used to devour juvenile and young adult novels by the hundreds, but recently I have preferred my television and movies fictional and my books factual. However, when I happened to mention to my boss that I've been reading a lot about famous art forgers… Continue reading B.A Shapiro’s “The Art Forger: A Novel” — more a personal reaction than a review
Yesterday, the United States Congress voted to award the Monuments Men with the Congressional Gold Medal. This is truly wonderful news! I'm certain that we can credit the Monuments Men book and movie with inspiring this bill, which was proposed by Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. All too often,… Continue reading Great News for the Monuments Men!
I read this very interesting article in the Sunday arts section of The New York Times this morning. It is basically a "Where are they now?" report on a few of the more interesting art and antiquities repatriation cases to be resolved in the recent past. I'm glad to see that people are taking an… Continue reading Where are they now? – Repatriated Art & Antiquities
My article on the Monuments Men has finally been posted on headstuff.org! Check it out! A True Art Adventure: The Real-Life Story of the Monuments Men | HeadStuff.