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The Caravaggio Conspiracy

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
As the subtitle explains it: How five art dealers, four policemen, three picture restorers, two auction houses and a journalist plotted to recover some of the world’s most beautiful stolen paintings.
Paperback, 321 pages
Published May 7th 1985 by Penguin Books (first published 1983)
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Jan 04, 2013 Patricia rated it liked it
Shelves: art-crime
I picked this up at a library used book sale. It was an interesting read about a real sting operation that took place in the 1980's. One of the things it brought home to me was how different the world of art and art crime detection is today. When Peter Watson was trying to find the provenance of paintings that were being offered to his shady art dealer persona, he had to rely on Interpol and other published lists of stolen art, that were published infrequently, lacking images and woefully incomp ...more
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Jul 05, 2014 Donna Morrison rated it liked it
Shelves: history
An interesting introduction to the underbelly of the art word; forgery and the commerce in stolen pieces.
Apr 13, 2014 Sally rated it liked it
Good thriller set in the art world - a few twists and turns to keep you on your toes and an easy enjoyable read - perfect for holidays
Oct 31, 2009 Clioidae rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-theft
This is journalism, and is perhaps one of the most interesting and unexpected stories to come out of modern art investigation. As a fan of Peter Watson's work, but in no particular order, I would consider the fact that this narration seems a little choppy at some points to be the result of a newspaper man trying on the longer format of a book. However, that should not dissuade you from reading the true story he is putting forth.

I admired the strength of character and the righteous indignation of
Jun 16, 2010 Alexasapp rated it liked it
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The novel, written by a journalist (whose writing style I did not particularly care for), turned out to be an interesting trip into the world of art forgeries and theft.

I learned that not only is art theft common, but that it usually goes unpunished and unsolved. Based on a true story of plots and deceptions you have the pull of “will he be able to pull it off”.
A wonderful true story of undercover detective work to discover the underground, black market in stolen masterpieces. A true story that reads like a mystery.
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Peter Watson was educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome, and was awarded scholarships in Italy and the United States.

After a stint as Deputy Editor of New Society magazine, he was for four years part of the Sunday Times ‘Insight’ team of investigative journalists. He wrote the daily Diary column of the London Times before becoming that paper’s New York correspondent. He returned t
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