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17 On Art, Crime, and Insanity The Role and Contribution of Mental Disorders

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This chapter covers the area of art, crime and insanity in the course of time, mainly focusing on the multiple touches between these elements. It discusses different types of connections between crime, art and insanity. These types are not mutually exclusive; there are gradated differences between them. In the criminal code several kinds of human behavior that are considered to be a criminal offence can be found, e.g., theft, vandalism, damaging, looting, forgery, iconoclasm, fraud, and ransom. Where youths commit vandalism in groups, art vandals and iconoclasts are mostly older and usually work alone. Empirical research in England reveals that these perpetrators often suffer from psychological problems. The connection between art and crime is complemented with issues from insanity delving in the historical sources. These perspectives give a rich and special understanding of the link between art and crime.

Keywords: art; crime; forgery; iconoclasm; insanity; looting; vandalism



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