Project Description

Stolen Masterpieces: The Most Sensational Art Thefts in History

  • Monday 13 January 2020 at 16:30

  • Venue: Salon Varietés Theatre, Fuengirola
  • Lecturer: Shauna Isaac

  • Members: No charge (included in Membership Fees)
    Non-Members: 10 Euro Pay at Door
  • Our Patron: A Friend of The Arts Society

Stolen Masterpieces looks at famous works of art that have been stolen, such as Munch’s The Scream and the masterpieces that were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, including works by Vermeer and Rembrandt. Other works that the lecturer will look at include Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna with the Yarnwinder and Titian’s Rest on the Flight into Egypt. Why do thieves steal and what is the appeal of famous masterpieces?  The lecturer will also discuss how art theft is the 3rd largest international crime after the selling of drugs and arms, and the implications of this.

About the Lecturer

Shauna Isaac studied at Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck College, London and regularly lectures at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Currently managing an art recovery company and served on the Looted Art Working Group for the Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague, where she was instrumental in drafting the Terezin Declaration on Nazi looting, which was ratified by 46 countries. Has given talks to the Focus-Abengoa Foundation Symposium in Seville, the Courtauld Institute, the Documentation Centre of World War II Cultural Assets, Sotheby’s and Microsoft. Publications include articles for The Art Newspaper, Art & Law Magazine and Art Quarterly.