Crime, Law and Social Change

, 56:115

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Art crime: a brief introduction

  • Mark DurneyAffiliated withArt Theft Central Email author 
  • , Blythe ProulxAffiliated withVirginia Commonwealth University

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Art crime refers to criminally punishable acts involving works of art and includes a spectrum of phenomena as diverse as art thefts and confiscations, faked and forged art, vandalism, and illicit excavation and export of antiquities and other archaeological materials. This paper provides a cursory introduction to a variety of art crimes, and discusses the consequences of such crimes.