Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft by Simon Houpt

I found this book about art theft very interesting. While certainly not comprehensive, it provides an interesting overview of art theft in general, with emphasis on paintings and on works stolen from European and American museums.

It is divided into chapters on how stolen art is used, its monetary value, the influence of war on art theft, criminals who steal art, those who try to recover lost art, and the importance of art to our collective culture as human beings. It also includes an appendix featuring artworks that are still missing, where several works of art are pictured with a short overview of when and where they were stolen.

A relatively light and thoroughly enjoyable read.

Reviewed by Sam


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