October 31, 2005
Based around the publicity currently surrounding the Getty’s collection, this article looks not only at the current restitution requests made by the Italian government, but also more generally at the issues that surround the antiquities trade in the twenty-first century.
Tomb-Robbing Trials Name Getty, Metropolitan, Princeton Museums
Oct. 31 (Bloomberg)
Photos seized from a Swiss warehouse paint a story of global skullduggery, Rome prosecutor Paolo Ferri says. The thousands of Polaroids depict how Greek pottery and Roman statues looted from 2,000-year-old tombs in Italy made their way to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
At the journey’s end, convicted Roman antiquities trafficker Giacomo Medici and American dealer Robert Hecht posed in front of museum cases displaying looted relics, he says.
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