611.56 Readings in Art Law: Provenance and Its Implications

This discussion course focuses on the ways in which ownership history matters for works of visual art and other things with cultural significance. Of obvious salience in disputes that follow in the wake of theft, ownership history also bears on determining an object’s authenticity and often its broader cultural or historical importance. We will become acquainted with resources in local museum and archival collections and examine a small number of selected holdings, including manuscripts held by the Rubinstein Library and works in the collection of the Nasher Museum. The course requires participation in class and in any site visits, plus the completion of short response papers. Grading is on a credit/fail basis.

Special Notes:


Spring 2024

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Reflective Writing
Class participation
Deborah A. DeMott
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-611-56-Sp24
Email list: LAW-611-56-Sp24@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice