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Art crime: the myth vs the reality

Weekend-long art history and theory course

Short course

  • 28 March 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 29 March 2020, 10am — 5pm

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Jack steals the Giant's gold (detail), ca. 1880.

Wood-engraving. 202 mm x 151 mm. From Jack and the Beanstalk (Warne's "Excelsior" Toy-Book No. 48), London. RA collections.

Join us for a weekend-long course delving into the gripping world of art crime from looting and theft to forgery and vandalism, and learn from experts what really goes on beyond the media.

Through the wide-ranging practical experience of guest speakers, this course will introduce participants to the different forms of crime against art and will provide an understanding of the reality behind the stories covered in the news and media.

From The Adventures of Indiana Jones to The Monuments Men, art crime is a source of constant intrigue in the public eye. But how accurate is this image? How does art crime really affect artists, collectors, institutions and the market today? How do you track down stolen and looted art, and what happens when stolen works resurface? These are some of the questions and more to be tackled throughout this weekend course, using real case studies to help you separate the myth from reality.

Delivered primarily in lectures, attendees will also be introduced to research tools that aid the detecting of works with a problematic past, concluding with a practical exercise that will allow everyone to put what they’ve learned to use.

This course is held in the historic setting of the Wolfson British Academy Room, where you will enjoy an intimate and friendly setting. The course is designed to provide a historical overview of a fascinating topic, for both those new to the field or wishing to delve deeper.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academicprogrammes@royalacademy.org.uk.

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  • 28 March 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 29 March 2020, 10am — 5pm

Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£420. Includes all materials, light refreshments and wine reception at the end of day one.

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