Spain lifts veil on secret operation against art traffickers

The Spanish Interior Ministry announced on Sunday (22 January) that 75 people had been arrested as part of a police operation to tackle an international art trafficking ring.

Code-named Pandora, the crackdown took place between October and November 2016. It targeted a network of criminal gangs trading in art and cultural objects stolen from war-torn countries and museums.  Continue reading

Prado Museum may lose four masterpieces

Last summer the director of the Prado Museum in Madrid received a letter requesting that the museum should relinquish four of its star attractions from its collection. The paintings in question are: Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights (1500-05) and Table of the Mortal Sins (c. 1480); Tintoretto’s The Foot Washing (1548-49); and Rogier van der Weyden’s Descent from the Cross (c. 1435). Continue reading