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Thieves and forgers…
Why not link art history and criminal investigation? Discover, thanks to our special playlist, the most incredible stories of the art world! From the famous Mona Lisa theft in 1911 to the mysterious and unsolved case of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, you are bound to be surprised by the stories of robberies and forgers you are about to discover.

Discover how the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren tricked the world— and the Nazis— with his counterfeit Vermeer paintings.

It was one of the strangest trials in Dutch history. The defendant in a 1947 case was an art forger who had counterfeited millions of dollars worth of paintings. But he wasn’t arguing his innocence— in fact, his life depended on proving that he had committed fraud. Who was this artist, and why was he on trial for his life? Noah Charney investigates the notorious Han van Meegeren.

Content produced by: TED Ed

On the agenda
video - 5:16
The art forger who tricked the Nazis
By: Ted Ed
podcast - 46:41
Fakes and copies: The Cases of Knoedler and Dafen
By: Art History Happy Hour
video - 51:42
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
By: ArtCurious
video - 10:30
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist
By: Everything Everywhere Daily Podcast
video - 5:30
Stealing the Mona Lisa: The Art Theft of the Century
By: Artrageous with Nate
video - 5:37
The strange history of the world’s most stolen painting
By: Ted Ed