Lost artworks

Piece of art that once existedFor lost literary works, see Lost work. For lost films, see List of lost films.

Lost artworks are original pieces of art that credible sources indicate once existed but that cannot be accounted for in museums or private collections or are known to have been destroyed deliberately or accidentally, or neglected through ignorance and lack of connoisseurship.

The US FBI maintains a list of "Top Ten Art Crimes"; a 2006 book by Simon Houpt and a 2018 book by Noah Charney and several other media outlets have profiled the most significant outstanding losses.

Contents

  • 1 Chronology of notable loss events
  • 2 Research and recovery efforts
  • 3 List of notable lost artworks
    • 3.1 Pre-16th century
    • 3.2 16th century
    • 3.3 17th century
    • 3.4 18th century
    • 3.5 19th century
    • 3.6 20th century
    • 3.7 21st century
  • 4 List of notable finds
  • 5 List of notable disputed finds
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
    • 7.1 Notes
    • 7.2 Bibliography
      • 7.2.1 Books
      • 7.2.2 Journals
      • 7.2.3 News
  • 8 External links

Chronology of notable loss events

  • Rhodes earthquake, 226 BCE
  • First Mithridatic War
    • Sack of Athens, 1 March 86 BCE
  • Antikythera shipwreck, 86-50 BCE
  • Lauseion fire, 475
  • Nika riots, 13 January 532-
  • Byzantine Iconoclasm
    • Iconoclasm of Leo III, 726-741
    • Second Byzantine Iconoclasm, 814-842
  • Jin–Song Wars, 1125–1234
    • Jingkang Incident (Sack of Kaifeng), 10 January 1126-
  • Fourth Crusade, 1202–1204
    • Sack of Constantinople, 12–15 April 1204
  • Bonfires of the vanities, 1492–1497
    • Bonfire of the vanities, Florence, 1492
    • Bonfire of the vanities, Florence, 7 February 1497
  • Palazzo Bentivoglio destruction, 1507
  • Iconoclastic Fury, 1522–1599
    • Beeldenstorm, 1566
    • "Stille beeldenstorm" of Antwerp, 1581
  • Doge's Palace fire, 1576
  • Bombardment of Brussels, 13–15 August 1695
    • Brussels Town Hall fire, 13–15 August 1695
  • Palace of Whitehall fire, 4 January 1698
  • Destruction of the workshop of André-Charles Boulle in the Louvre, Paris, by fire, 30 August 1720
  • Coudenberg Palace fire, 3 February 1731
  • Royal Alcázar of Madrid fire, 24 December 1734
  • Kroměříž Palace fire, March 1752
  • Lisbon earthquake and tsunami, 1 November 1755
    • Ribeira Palace destruction
  • Vrouw Maria sinking, 9 October 1771
  • French Revolution, 1789–1799
  • Elgin Marbles removal, 1801–1805
  • Exton Old Park fire, 1810
  • Belvoir Castle fire, 1816
  • Basilica of San Paolo fuori le Mura fire, 1823
  • Burning of Parliament, 16 October 1834
  • Palais-Royal looting, 21–22 February 1848
  • Library of Congress fire, 24 December 1851
  • Old Summer Palace destruction, 18–21 October 1861
  • Museum Boymans fire, 1864
  • Paris Commune, 18 March-28 May 1871
    • Hôtel de Ville fire, May 1871
    • Tuileries Palace fire, 23 May 1871
  • Holker Hall fire, 1871
  • Great Boston Fire of 1872
  • Bath House fire, 31 January 1873
  • Pantechnicon warehouse fire, London, 13–14 February 1874
  • Benin City sacking, 9 February 1897-
  • San Francisco Earthquake, April 18, 1906
  • Messina earthquake, 28 December 1908
  • Mona Lisa theft and vandalism, 21 August 1911
  • World War I, 28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Russian Revolution and post-revolution losses, 1917-1920s
    • Treasures for Tractors, 1920s
  • Thames flood (Tate Gallery flood), 7 January 1928
  • Glaspalast fire, 6 June 1931
  • Nazi plunder, 1933–1945
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