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Art crime - 18 February 2020



Tue 18 Feb 2020, 06:00 pm


Tue 18 Feb 2020, 08:30 pm


Mana Cruising Club
Ngatitoa Domain (off Pascoe Avenue)


Arts Culture, History, Visual Arts,


Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking



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Arthur Tompkins is a District Court Judge based in Wellington. He graduated Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from Canterbury University in 1983, and then Master of Laws from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, in 1984. He was appointed a Judge in 1997. He holds jury, civil and general warrants, and in addition is a Panel Convenor of the NZ Parole Board. He is also a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pitcairn Island.

Each year Judge Tompkins teaches the ‘Art in War’ component course as part of the annual Graduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Heritage Protection Studies, presented by the Association for Research into Crimes against Art in Amelia, Umbria, Italy. In 2016 he edited Art Crime and Its Prevention: A Handbook for Collectors and Art Professionals (Lund Humphries, London; 2016), and in 2018 his Plundering Beauty: An illustrated history of art crime in war, was published by Lund Humphries in London.

He has lectured around New Zealand and abroad on art crime, and is a regular art-crime guest on Kim Hill’s Saturday Morning show on New Zealand’s National Radio.

In 2020 he will be leading the inaugural Stolen Beauty: Must-see Stolen Masterpieces Tour to France, Belgium, Poland, Austria, and Italy.

Judge Tompkins suggests that some of our members may well be interested in going along on the Tour.  It will take place in June and July 2020. Enclosed are both a flyer for the Tour, and the proposed Itinerary. Arthur will be leading this Tour to Europe.

You can register your interest here or email.  Space on the Tour is limited, so make sure you get in early.

Judge Tompkins says, 'The 15-day Stolen Beauty European Art Crime Tour starts in Paris and ends in Rome. During the tour we will visit masterworks that have in the past been stolen (sometimes more than once!) but are now back on public display, in France, Belgium, Poland, Austria and Italy. We will see and hear the fascinating stories behind crimes committed against the Ghent Altarpiece, Vermeer's The Art of Painting, Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna, Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine, Veronese's Wedding at Cana, and many, many others. All are great works of art, and each has its own unique story to tell. I invite you to join me on this fascinating journey!'

Tonight, unsurprisingly, Arthur Tompkins will be talking to us about art crime.

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