July 28, 2006
Italy has been pursuing claims against Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for some time. This case was brought shortly after they first submitted their legal case against New York’s Metropolitan Museum. Now it appears that following their earlier successes in their case involving the Met, Boston’s MFA has also agreed to settle some of the claims by returning disputed artefacts. This reversal of position follows years of denial by the museum that any of the works were looted.
MFA agrees to return disputed art to Italy
New joint effort on stolen works
By Geoff Edgers and Susanna Pinto, Globe Staff | July 28, 2006
After years of denying its collection included any looted art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has agreed to return an unspecified number of works to the Italian government.
In exchange, Italy will loan the MFA objects from the country’s vast antiquities holdings, and both sides have pledged to work together to ensure the museum doesn’t acquire stolen works in the future.
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