Faculty of Arts


Art Crime

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ARTHIST 332.


Explores the growing trend of art crime through a focus on five primary areas: theft, fraud, smuggling, forgery and vandalism. These will be examined within the context of international and New Zealand case studies, including the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911, Nazi looting in World War II and thefts during the Iraq War in 2003. Ways to curb such crime, particularly the development of art crime squads, will also be discussed.

Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018


Coordinator(s) Dr Ngārino Ellis

Recommended Reading

Bazley, Tom. Crimes of the Art World. New York: Praeger. 2010.

Charney, Noah. Art and crime: Exploring the dark side of the art world. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger/ABC-CLIO, c2009.               

Steven Manacorda and Duncan Chappell, eds., Crime in the Art and Antiquities World: Illegal Trafficking in Cultural Property. New York: Springer, 2011.

Nicholas, Lynn.  The Rape of Europa: the Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and Second World War. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.  See also www.rapeofeuropa.com


Case Study: 15%, 1000 words
Research essay: 30%, 2500 words
Final two hour exam: 50%
Participation in Lectorials: 5%


ARTHIST 332: 15.0 points


15 points at Stage II in Art History and 60 points passed



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