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Description - Plundering Beauty by Arthur Tompkins

The roll-call of wars down the centuries is paralleled by an equally extensive narrative of the theft, destruction, plundering, displacement and concealing of some of the greatest works of art during those conflicts - a story that is expertly told in this original publication.

From the many wars of Classical Antiquity, through the military turning points and detours of the Fourth Crusade, the Thirty Years' War, Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, the First and Second World Wars, and then onwards to the ongoing contemporary conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the history of art crime in times of war contains myriad fascinating and often little-known stories of the fate of humankind's greatest works of art.

Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War charts the crucial milestones of art crimes spanning two thousand years. The works of art involved have fascinating stories to tell, as civilisation moves from a simple and brutal 'winner takes it all' attitude to the spoils of war, to contemporary understanding, and commitment to, the idea that our artistic heritage truly belongs to all humankind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781848222199
ISBN-10: 184822219X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Arthur Tompkins

Judge Arthur Tompkins is a District Court Judge based in Wellington, New Zealand. He teaches the `Art in War' component course at the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) annual Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection, based in Umbria, Italy, and was the editor of Art Crime and Its Prevention (Lund Humphries, 2016).

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