On art crime and art historical mysteries

ISIS, Art and Terrorism Funding

My latest article for Salon is on what to do about the now well-known fact that art crime, particularly illicit trade in antiquities, funds terrorism.  Check it out here.


Pablo Picasso: Art Thief

The Secret History of Art recently published a peer-reviewed academic article on the “affaire des statuettes,” in which Pablo Picasso may be reasonably seen to have commissioned the theft… More ›

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2014: the Year Art Theft Went Pop

The following is an excerpt from The Secret History of Art’s regular column in The Journal of Art Crime, the only peer-reviewed academic journal on the interdisciplinary study of art crime.  To… More ›


The Greatest Skier in History

The Secret History of Art recently published an article on Tina Maze, the world’s greatest skier, male or female, who has just begun the latest World Cup ski season.  It ran in The Atlantic… More ›


10 Scariest Stories Ever Written

In honor of Halloween, the Secret History of Art is pleased to present a series of short essays on what I consider the scariest stories ever written.  These come from a project I did last year for… More ›

Study Art Crime in Italy

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) 2014 Postgraduate Certificate Program in International Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection program will be held from May 29 through… More ›