Framed Theft: More Stolen, Vanished or Destroyed Art with Sabry Amroussi

Framed Theft: More Stolen, Vanished or Destroyed Art with Sabry Amroussi


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Back by popular demand, this conversation is designed as a follow-up to the sensational An Exhibition of Stolen and Lost Art with Sabry Amroussi.

Join an art historian as we learn the true tales of art history masterpieces lost and recovered throughout history.

Our discussion will be framed around case studies of famous works, their creators, and stories of disappearance and recovery All the art stolen, looted, or lost would easily fill hundreds of exhibitions. This seminar does just that by discussing the most famous and interesting tales of art that suffered tragic tales.

Together we will explore the complex narrative of the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 as well as lesser publicized art heists of the 20th century. We’ll learn of the fascinating stories of artworks stolen, looted, or destroyed in war(s), accidentally demolished or discarded, lost at sea or in natural disasters, or attacked by iconoclasts or vandals; works covered over with paint or plaster or recycled for their materials.

Led by an expert in art history, Sabry Amroussi, this is an exciting seminar that spans the centuries and the continents. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will emerge with a greater understanding of the intriguing subject of stolen art from world-renowned collections.

Sabry Amroussi is an art historian and writer living and working in Amsterdam. He specializes in the art of the Dutch Golden Age, mainly in the works of Rembrandt and his school, and also has a keen interest in the Jewish history of Amsterdam. He lectures and teaches on both subjects, and gives art historical tours all across Europe. As a true omnivore when it comes to art, culture, and even cuisine, he has worked with and for major museums and collectors, such as the LACMA, Rijksmuseum, van Gogh Museum and the P de Boer collection in Amsterdam. As a guide for Context, he is eager to share this knowledge in real life, always with a big scoop of humor, ofter intermingling art with social life, cuisine, and history.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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