Life Imitates Art

A post for my blog went free-range on me and ended up on Criminal Element. It’s a true-crime story that may sound a mite familiar if you know what The Collection is about: “In December 2002, two burglars broke into the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They didn’t use…

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Movie Minute – Art and Craft

Art and Craft is the remarkable true story of Mark Landis, a schizophrenic Mississippi man who over the course of thirty years forged hundreds of works of art and donated them to four dozen American museums. Landis, a gifted copyist, is able to duplicate pretty much any 2D artwork he…

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Criminal Element: What’s in Your Museum?

Stazione Centrale, Milan, 2007

I’m back among the Criminal Element again, this time with a story about antiquities smuggling: Our story begins with a pot and a pig. In 1970, an Italian man working on a canal near Naples discovered a remarkable piece of crockery: a 27-inch-tall, double-handled chalice or krater, black with red…

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