Art Crime: Iconic International Art Heists with Robert Wittman

Art Crime: Iconic International Art Heists with Robert Wittman


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Is the case ever really closed? Join one of the most famous art detectives in the world to hear tales from the trenches of the most notorious Art Heists in modern history, during a career spent solving top-dollar art crimes with the FBI. Some of these cases are so complex, they have not yet been solved. This talk will take learners through the art markets of Paris, Madrid, Oslo, and Boston chronicling notorious art heists and daring recovery operations. 

This seminar will provide an up-close vantage point to the captivating reconnaissance strategy behind the cases Robert Wittman worked on personally and other cases that he followed as the FBI’s art crime specialist  – collaborating with additional agencies like Scotland Yard and the Norwegian National Police. 

Mr. Wittman will also provide behind-the-scenes insight into unsolved cases and crimes that still baffle international investigators years later. This talk spotlights all new cases from other installments of this series and pulls back the curtain on some of the world’s biggest heists -- and the criminal masterminds behind the schemes.

Led by an expert on art theft, award-winning author, and FBI agent, Robert K. Wittman, this interactive seminar will explore the most iconic heists still puzzling investigators today and offer participants the opportunity to ask questions of their own.

This conversation is part of a multi-part series with Robert Wittman. Each session is designed to be enjoyed as a stand-alone seminar or as part of the extended Art Crime series.

Robert K. Wittman joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1988. As a result of specialized training in art, antiques, jewelry and gem identification, he served as the FBI’s investigative expert involving cultural property crime. During his 20 year FBI career he recovered more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property which resulted in numerous prosecutions and convictions. As a result of his unique experience Mr. Wittman coauthored the FBI Cultural Property Investigative Manual in 2001. In 2005, he created the FBI’s rapid deployment national Art Crime Team (ACT). Mr. Wittman has represented the United States throughout the world conducting investigations and instructing international police and museums in recovery and use of high value asset security techniques. Mr. Wittman is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service-Officer Level, presented by the President of Peru, the White Cross of Law Enforcement Merit with Distinction, by the government of Spain, Director's Award for Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement from the U.S. Department of Justice, Robert Burke Award for Cultural Property Protection from the Smithsonian Institution, and the S.A.F.E Beacon Award from Saving Antiquities for Everyone. In 2010, Mr. Wittman penned his New York Times bestselling memoir “PRICELESS: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.” His second book, “THE DEVIL’S DIARY: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich” is a worldwide best seller published in 29 languages in more than 30 countries.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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