Art crime is one one of the largest criminal enterprises worldwide. It takes a variety of forms: art theft, antiquities looting, vandalism, forgery, and deception. This seminar discusses the many varieties of art crime and the motivations for these activities with special emphasis on the preservation of the world's cultural heritage. The course includes dramatic stories of thefts and recoveries of stolen art works, unsolved cases, art forgery, acts of vandalism from the past and modern period, and the transnational implications and complexities of art crime in the world today.
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