When: Thursdays, Nov 12 – Dec 10, 1:30-3:30pm
no class Nov 26

Where: The Hampton Inn

Cost: $115.00 for 4 session(s)


Instructor: , co-owner of the Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson’s largest and longest running contemporary art gallery

How Works of Art Have Survived Plunder, Theft, Vandalism, Fraud, War and Other Disasters

National treasures, fabulous private collections, entire museums of fine art have been ravaged by time, looting, war, earthquake, fire and all kinds of manmade havoc and natural catastrophe. Art is lost in shipwrecks, trainwrecks, falling airplanes and by negligence, mishandling and deliberate destruction. Yet a surprising quantity of endangered precious artworks, ancient and modern, have escaped extinction through archeology, heroic detective work, international law and sometimes, by pure chance. Take this tour of the trials and triumphs of art recovery, from pre-historic caves, tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs and the waters of the Aegean Sea to the long history of the spoils of war. Follow the cases of great art thefts, forgeries and other misdeeds and learn how art has been rescued from oblivion and restored to its place in culture.

Guest speakers include an archeologist, a conservator, an antiquarian and an expert in art law.

Week 1: Introduction
The various ways art is lost and recovered. Ancient art discoveries, art hidden in caves, tombs, shipwrecks, hoards. Forgotten, misplaced treasures “lost” in the British Museum and the Smithsonian.

Week 2: Thievery
Great art heists of all time. Unsolved thefts. Nazi wholesale looting in WWII and ongoing recovery and return including Adam and Eve at the Norton Museum. “The Thief of Baghdad.”

Week 3: Flood, Fire, Earthquake, Bombs & Dynamite
Pompeii, Lisbon, Haiti, Nepal natural disasters. Collateral damage of war. Destruction in the name of God. World Trade Center terrorism.

Week 4: Forgeries, Scams, The Ravages of Time
Famous forgeries. The Cycladic figurines. Art restoration and conservation. The expert eye.

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