Life imitates art
This six-part documentary explores infamous art burglaries.
September 3, 2010
A pharaoh's head is looted from his tomb in Egypt, and the thief passes the artifact off as a souvenir in order to smuggle it out of the country.
September 2, 2010
The looting of a gold headdress from an ancient tomb in northern Peru is recounted.
August 30, 2010
Chronicling the theft of Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" by the Nazis during WWII and the ensuing legal battles to return the work to its owner.
Re-creating a crime in which artwork stolen from a Buenos Aires museum was traded for illegal arms.
March 16, 2010
The theft of two Peter Paul Rubens paintings and eventual recovery is documented.
December 19, 2008
A Renaissance sculpture is taken from an Austrian Museum by a master thief.
November 28, 2008
The discovery of approximately 200 missing items totaling more than $5 million from the Hermitage Museum in Russia is featured.
November 21, 2008
The theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 is documented.
November 7, 2008
Egyptian artifacts stolen from the British Museum. Included: panels from a tomb in Saqqara, an ancient burial ground.
October 31, 2008
Chronicling the theft of Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" and the ensuing legal battles to return the work to its owner.
October 11, 2006
The pilfering of a priceless mosaic by looters is explored, as is the subsequent zigzagging investigation that winds through Munich, Amsterdam and the U.S.
September 20, 2006
The schemes of an art forger and his con-man partner are chronicled.
September 6, 2006
Exploring the theft of two Renoir pieces and a Rembrandt item from a museum in Stockholm.
March 30, 2006
The mazy, decades-long search and recovery of a Paul Cezanne masterwork is chronicled.
March 24, 2006
Edvard Munch's "The Scream" was twice stolen from museums in Oslo, the second time in 2004. The masked thieves walked out with the painting in broad daylight. The painting was recovered in August 2006.
March 10, 2006
The 1990 pilfering of numerous works of art (including three Rembrandts) at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is documented.
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