Looted Art
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Looted Art

Originally a term for cultural assets taken away by the enemy in times of war, the looting of art today denotes an illegal act under international law that is perpetrated by belligerent powers and involves the theft of artistic and cultural items in the course of military operations or during occupation. The protection of cultural property had since the end of the 19th century, if not earlier, been one of the fundamental tenets of international law: in particular Article 56 of the Hague Convention Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907) banned “[a]ll seizure of, …

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Kott, Christina, “Looted Art”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0364>
First published online: 2015



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