Markham Caerus

is creating an exploration into the hidden world of art crime

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Archaeological sites that survived five thousand years of human history, deliberately destroyed, never to be seen by another generation.

Thousands of works of art looted by the Nazis, still unaccounted for, still awaiting restitution.

A piece of history that becomes an object of controversy a century after it is sold.

A museum masterpiece, discovered to be a forgery.

Behind the prestige of the art world and the timeline of history there is another story, little known: one that is threatening to destroy some of our greatest achievements. Art crime—theft, looting, trafficking, and forgery—isn’t just academic, it is directly relevant to the world you know and the news you hear every day. And if you have ever been inside a museum, travelled to experience another culture, or walked through a historic site, without even knowing it, you have become part of the story.

My name is Valérie Thibodaux, and I started Markham Caerus to try to understand what art crime is, how to prevent it, how to respond to it, and what we lose when a piece of human culture is destroyed. I started this Patreon project because everyone I talked to about my research—people with no connection to art or archaeology—was surprised and interested. They had never heard of art crime before, but as soon as they thought about it, they started to wonder, and began to ask questions. I want to answer those questions for everyone, and Patreon is an incredible platform to do just that. Getting involved starts with getting interested and getting informed.

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