Saturday, August 5, 2017

Repatriation Interruptus

This article by Kate Fitz Gibbon exposes the looted archives issue for the misleading nonsense it is: 'Repatriation Interruptus: Met’s Good Faith Attempt to Work with Italy Stymied By Seizure' CCP blog July 31, 2017. Antiquities hunter and zealous prosecutors spin a looted art story.
Today’s announcement of the seizure of an ancient Greek vase from the Metropolitan Museum in New York is an example of how prosecutors and a self-styled artifacts hunter can make hay with claims that were already being dealt with in good faith between a museum and a source country government. The real story is that a major museum bought an artwork in 1989, exhibited it for decades, was denied access to information about it for more than 25 years, and is now attacked for holding “loot.”

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