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July 8, 2011

"Writers of Art Crime" to Speak at ARCA's Third Annual International Art Crime Conference in Amelia on July 9

Vernon Silver, Fabio Isman and Peter Watson will speak as part of a panel, "Writers of Art Crime" tomorrow at ARCA's third annual International Art Crime Conference in Amelia, Umbria.

Vernon Silver is author of The Lost Chalice, "The Real Life Chase for One of the World's Rarest Masterpieces - a Priceless, 2,500 year old Artifact Depicting the Fall of Troy". Silver, an Oxford-trained archaeologist and award-winning journalist, is a senior writer at Bloomberg News in Rome. The Lost Chalice can be immediately downloaded from the iTunes store.

Italian journalist Fabio Isman has published 32 books on subjects ranging from restoration to conservation. He is a contributor to the Giornale dell’Arte, The Art Newspaper, Art e Dossier, Bell’Italia. Through Skira, he published I Predatori dell’Arte Perduta, il Saccheggio dell’Archeologia in Italia (Predators of Lost Art, the Archeological Plunder of Italy, 2009), the only published study on the “Grande Razzia” (The Great Plunder) and illegal excavations, since 1970, of a million archeological finds in the country, many of which are found in noteworthy museums abroad.

Peter Watson, described as an intellectual historian and former journalist, is the co-author of The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities From Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums, and author of Sotheby's: The Inside Story and The Caravaggio Conspiracy.