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Cracking Art Crimes at the FBI: An Art Detective's Colorful Exploits

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0213
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Robert Wittman

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Join one of the most famous art detectives in the world to hear tales from a long FBI career solving art crimes. Drawing on the headline-making cases he worked on, Robert Wittman explores notorious art heists and daring recovery operations.

Wittman, founder of the FBI’s National Art Crime Team, served for 20 years as the agency’s art investigative expert. He’s responsible for recovering more than $300 million in stolen art and cultural property around the world—stories recounted in his New York Times best seller Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures.

He has plenty to tell: Wittman has extracted $50 million worth of Goya and Brueghel paintings from a Spanish mobster and saved a priceless Rodin. He has rescued Rembrandts, Renoirs, and even the golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. Join him as he discusses some of his most memorable adventures as well as his greatest challenge: working undercover to track the criminals behind the century’s largest unsolved art crime, the $500-million-dollar theft from the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston.

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