Stolen Painting? There's an App for that...

May 13 2021

Image of Stolen Painting? There's an App for that...

Picture: Smithsonian Magazine

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Interpol have created an App that is specifically dedicated to identifying stolen art. The App called ID-Art contains 52,000 images of stolen art works that can be searched through by the tap of a screen.

According to the article linked above:

Last week, the global crime-fighting group debuted a new app that aims to make the process of identifying and reporting stolen works as simple as swiping on a smartphone. After downloading the free app—called ID-Art—users can upload images or input keywords to search for information about specific missing objects, reports Valentina Di Liscia for Hyperallergic. Pop-ups will prompt users who come across valuable information to report their findings directly to the police.   

In an Interpol statement, officials note that the app marks the organization’s latest effort to provide the public with the tools necessary to combat art and artifact trafficking. For example, collectors and art owners can use ID-Art’s reverse-image search feature to check whether an item they purchased is of dubious provenance. 

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