Now, for the first time, anyone looking to establish the origins of an artwork or simply peruse the vast catalogue of the world’s stolen treasures can do so for free at the click of a mouse. Interpol, the global policing body, has unveiled an online database of about 34,000 items known to have gone missing, and it hopes its existence will prove a “crucial step” in the fight against the flourishing illegal trade.
Open to interested individuals as well as governments, museums, galleries and auction houses, the database features masterpieces by artists such as Caravaggio, Titian and Degas as well as a host of other, lesser known paintings, sculptures, pieces of furniture and jewellery. Among the items featured are Cézanne’s The Boy in the Red Vest and Rembrandt’s The Storm of the Sea of Galilee, which was taken from a US gallery in a 1990 heist considered the biggest in history. Interpol apply here
Via (The Guardian)