Youve just had a book published in london plundering beauty a history of art crime during war it was an engrossing project taking the historical section of the course i teach in italy each year and working it up into book form covering 2000 years in under 200 pages was a bit of a challenge and theres a lot i had to leave out. Plundering beauty is a long journey of crimes waged on art beginning with exploring the nuances of why art crimes are committed during war tompkins embarks on a journey beginning 2000 years ago in rome. In his new book plundering beauty a history of art crime during war arthur tompkins takes a look at dire effects of conflict on a nations cultural patrimonythe systematic pillage of sites such as palmyra and nimrud captured the attention of millions over the last five years but this issue is not a new phenomenon. Plundering beauty a history of art crime during war arthur tompkins the roll call of wars down the centuries is paralleled by an equally extensive narrative of the theft destruction plundering displacement and concealing of some of the worlds greatest works of . Plundering beauty a history of art crime during war charts the crucial milestones of art crimes spanning two thousand years the works of art involved have fascinating stories to tell as civilisation moves from a simple and brutal winner takes it all attitude to the spoils of war to contemporary understanding and commitment to the idea
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