October 15, 2005
The troubles surrounding the Getty continue to be highlighted in the press. Directors of other local museums are trying to distance themselves from the institution. At the same time however, Steven Thomas an expert in art law at UCLA points out that the acquisitions policies of the Getty were no different to those of many other museums around the world.
The example of the Elgin Marbles is cited here, along with the recent Egyptian requests for the return of artefacts, although the items in these cases were acquired by museums long before those that are currently under scrutiny at the Getty.
If nothing else comes of this case, it has done a lot to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding many of the artefacts held in museums.
October 14, 2005
Troubles at the Getty Museum ripple through the art world
LOS ANGELES — A plot fit for a Hollywood thriller has been unfolding at the venerable J. Paul Getty Museum, a gleaming hilltop refuge that Italian authorities claim houses pilfered art.
A decade after leading efforts against the illegal trade of artifacts, the museum’s recently departed antiquities curator faces trial next month in Rome over allegations that she knowingly received dozens of stolen items.
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