The Syrian regime has taken complete control of the ancient city of Palmyra, which had been occupied by ISIS since last May.
Italy has teamed up with the United Nations to create a task force whose goal is to protect ancient artworks, artifacts, and archaeological sites in conflict zones from extremists.
In the past year alone, members of ISIS have marred cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria, taking sledgehammers and drills to statues at the Mosul Museum and delivering numerous blows to the ancient site of Palmyra, including its 1,800-year-old Arch of Triumph.
Conflict in Iraq has reduced yet another historic site to nothing more than piles of stone, with the blow delivered once more by ISIS.
On this week’s art crime blotter: a photographer sued Jeff Koons over a painting from 1986, an art thief tagged the artist in an Instagram post of his loot, and Nicolas Cage agreed to return a stolen dinosaur skull.
Many artists have suffered the indignity of having their work ripped off by one big company or other. But few have experienced the particular pain, as Brian McCarty has, of having their art illegally appropriated by ISIS.
This week, France announced two plans to fight back against ISIS’s cultural destruction. French culture minister Fleur Pellerin unveiled a $6 million fund that will help France’s cultural institutions recover from the recent attack.
There’s nothing like watching ISIS blow up the ancient city of Nineveh to make archaeologists, conservationists, and historians feel helpless.
ISIS’s systematic looting in Syria has captured the world’s attention, but a new study shows they’re not the only ones selling off the country’s cultural heritage.
The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) released a list of protocols for museums to help protect artworks or archaeological objects that are currently at risk of destruction.
ISIS has destroyed the towering Arch of Triumph that stood for 1,800 years in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest in the militant group’s series of attacks that threatens to completely obliterate the World Heritage Site.
As ISIS continues to destroy the world’s cultural heritage, archaeologists and other onlookers continue to scramble to find ways to counter the destruction.