Why have students read and study about Art Crimes?
Newsweek online had a great article this summer on this very question. With 50,000 - 100,00 works of art stolen each year in the World, it has become quite the criminal business. With the popularity of the movie "The Monument's Men" it has generated new interest in this age old crime.
Head of Security of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is still trying to find the $500 million worth of art stolen from it's gallery along with the below painting of Rembrandt's Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633).