Lost art is not lost art. Art is essential to our society's culture. This notion drives our ethical practices. For example in "Raiders of The Lost Art", Nazi officials who were alive at the end of World War Two were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law after stealing art from historic museums. Art is a part of history, but that makes me wonder is history a part of art?
This is an image of Nazis stealing art from a European museum.
Art as seen from the Nuremberg Trials and the "Rape of Europa" shows that history is very much a part of art. There are many laws that protect artists and their work. However, few are offered this protection for their work when alive. Would "The Starry Night" by Van Gogh be as famous as it is if someone had stolen it? Or the "Mona Lisa" by Da Vinci? Art should be prioritized from the moment it is created.
Some may argue that the value of art when it is first creative isn't high. Though this true, that should never be an excuse not to protect an artist's creativity because it is expensive. All art whether fashion, graffiti, or paintings should be protected and it is up to us as a society to do so.
Raiders of The Lost Art, Season 1, Ep. 4: