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This fascinating series chronicles some of the most daring and brazen art thefts in history. While not all the interesting stories make the front page of the news, some of the massive price tags on one of a kind items that have gone missing from museum shelves and walls will surprise even the most skeptical of viewers. Using top quality reenactments to portray the different techniques the master thieves used to gain access to the secure locations. The drive and ambition of the people behind the crimes sometimes proves too big for their own good, because some great errors are showcased as well.

Art of the Heist is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on May 22, 2007.

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Ovation
2 Seasons, 22 Episodes
May 22, 2007
Arts & Culture
Cast: Dion Graham
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Art of the Heist Full Episode Guide

  • A Renaissance sculpture is taken from an Austrian Museum by a master thief.

  • Re-creating a crime in which artwork stolen from a Buenos Aires museum was traded for illegal arms.

  • The looting of a gold headdress from an ancient tomb in northern Peru is recounted.

  • The discovery of approximately 200 missing items totaling more than $5 million from the Hermitage Museum in Russia is featured.

  • The theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 is documented.

  • The theft of two Peter Paul Rubens paintings and eventual recovery is documented.

  • Egyptian artifacts were stolen from the British Museum. Included: panels from a tomb in Saqqara, an ancient burial ground.

  • Chronicling the theft of Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" and the ensuing legal battles to return the work to its owner.

  • The disappearance of a priceless Renaissance sculpture from the Museum of Art History in Vienna leaves authorities baffled. Why didn't guards answer the alarm? Did a Balkan warlord order the heist? The answers may lie with a handsome security guard who has a way with women--and ample skill with alarm systems.

  • When paintings vanish from a Buenos Aires gallery, suspicion falls on feared members of Argentina's brutal junta. The chase for the canvases leads to Taiwan and London and a black market involving stolen art and guns for the Argentinian regime.

  • A shimmering gold headdress is looted from an ancient Moche tomb in the Peruvian desert. Later, an art dealer is found bludgeoned to death in his Lima apartment. Was it murder, or an ancient curse? The answer may lie with a slippery art collector whose dealings leave a trail of suspicion.

  • After priceless treasures vanish from St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, authorities target a curator and her family as suspects. But as the investigation widens and more people fall victim to brutal Russian justice, evidence suggests the heist was the work of forces seeking to rock the world-famous museum to its foundations.

  • When the iconic Mona Lisa painting disappears from the Louvre Museum under the nose of the staff, a cloud of suspicion hovers over a motley collection of Parisians that includes Pablo Picasso. After authorities close in on the culprit, a shocking confession hints at a conspiracy.

  • A thief brazenly nabs two Rubens sketches from a Spanish museum, setting off an investigation that stretches from the galleries of Stockholm to the sun-drenched streets of Miami Beach. To recover the 17th-century treasure, cops enlist an art history professor to risk his life in an undercover operation.

  • Steal a glimpse at some of the greatest art crimes and blunders. A handsome art thief, who stole from Vienna's Museum of Art History, became a heartthrob among the women of Austria.

  • Prized pieces of art were stolen from the National Art Gallery in Buenos Aires, and sold in return for illegal arms.

  • Steal a glimpse at some of the greatest art crimes and blunders. The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia was the scene of an art theft that led to the murder of a curator.

  • Steal a glimpse at some of the greatest art crimes and blunders. In 1911, a patron of the Louvre walked up to the Mona Lisa painting, took it off the wall, and walked out with it. His mission was to return the painting to Florence, where he thought it belonged.

  • Art detectives traveled from Peru to Spain to Germany, and finally to London to retrieve a stolen gold artifact from a Moche tomb.

  • The theft of two Rubens paintings led to an elaborate sting operation in Miami to retrieve the stolen works.

  • Steal a glimpse at some of the greatest art crimes and blunders. A British thief smuggled the head of a Pharoah from an Egyptian tomb by painting it to resemble a souvenir.

  • During WWII, Nazi soldiers looted one of Gustav Klimt's masterpieces. It was a time when the regime could seize whatever treasures they desired.