Stranger than Fiction: Great Art Heists in History

Discover what Japanese gangsters, bear spray and daring boat getaways have in common with noteworthy art thefts. In this lecture, you will travel the globe learning why museums from Amsterdam to Zimbabwe have been targets for thieves and what tools they used to elude detection. Find out who got caught…and who did not

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Art Looted in the Nazi Era: An Opening Journey to Resolution

Issues of looted art and restitution, particularly of art misappropriated during the World War II era, continue to be very prevalent topics in art news coverage and remain important concerns for museums worldwide. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Karen Daly provides a historical overview of art looting in the Nazi era and the subsequent response of the museum community. Furthermore, she considers how recovery and restitution efforts have evolved to the present day including a discussion of VMFA’s experiences in resolving two art restitution claims.

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Faking it – a Look at the History of Art Forgery

The motives behind forging art are simple. Art objects are often worth a great deal of money, and those who want to buy them can’t always recognize the difference between an original and an imitation. Some of the most interesting and outrageous episodes in the history of collecting art have been instigated by forgers and their victims. This lecture outlines forgery from ancient Rome until modern times. Recounted are scandals involving artists as famous as Michelangelo, and stories of forgers who bested some of the great collectors and museums of modern times.

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Collecting Photography for Beginners

Photography is one of the most popular art forms today making it easy and rewarding to collect. Learn about the various formats of photography and how to source photographs for your own collection. The speaker will bring examples from his own collection to share, give you tips on how the photo market works, and discuss methods of caring and displaying photographs. Whether you spend a few dollars, or a million, there are photographs waiting to be found that can beautify your home.

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Careers in Art

Identify various careers in the art world. Achieve a better understanding of a specific profession’s job duties. Learn the necessary academic paths and experience needed to earn a career of your interest. Get a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the inner workings of a fine arts museum.

(This lecture is intended for high school and college level participants)

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A Collector’s Guide to Prints

This lecture provides a brief history of the development of several widely used printmaking techniques and a detailed explanation of each process. A more thorough understanding of just how complex and difficult printmaking is allows the audience to appreciate more fully this often-underestimated form of art.

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