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The Getty Museum and its antiquities: Collateral damage | The Economist

economist.comhttp://www.economist.com/node/18709629 The Getty Museum and its antiquities: Collateral damage Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum. By Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 384 pages; $28 and £16.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk THE admirable display of Greek and Roman antiquities at the Getty Villa in Malibu was a hit when the…

Book review – The Art of Benin Repatriation and the Repatriation of Benin Art

Peju Layiwola.  Benin1897.com: Art and the Restitution Question.Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria  Wy Art Editions, 2010.  Illustrations.244 pp.  $50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-978-902-703-3. Reviewed by Joseph Nevadomsky The Art of Benin Repatriation and the Repatriation of  Benin Art There are several features of this book that deserve review andcomment. First is the title, intriguing and open to…

How Allied soldiers and scholars saved cultural treasures from destruction and the Nazis

During the darkest days of World War II, a ragtag band of British and American art scholars braved the battlefields of Europe to rescue thousands of cultural treasures from Nazi pillage and the collateral damage of armed conflict. These “monuments men’’ propped up collapsing buildings; repaired battle-scarred frescoes and mosaics; guided Allied bombers away from…

Book Arouses Return of Looted Relics. "Cleopatra's Needle'' written by former Korean ambassador Kim Kyeong-im

Book Arouses Return of Looted Relics By Chung Ah-young Staff Reporter 04-10-2009 In February, two looted Chinese relics were sold at the French house of auction giant Christie’s for 14 million euros ($17.92 million). But China had tried to dissuade Christie’s from auctioning the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) bronze rabbit and rat head sculptures, because they…

Book Arouses Return of Looted Relics. "Cleopatra's Needle'' written by former Korean ambassador Kim Kyeong-im

Book Arouses Return of Looted Relics By Chung Ah-young Staff Reporter 04-10-2009 In February, two looted Chinese relics were sold at the French house of auction giant Christie’s for 14 million euros ($17.92 million). But China had tried to dissuade Christie’s from auctioning the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) bronze rabbit and rat head sculptures, because they…

Sketching in the details of the Gardner heist. Ulrich Boser's retelling of the greatest art theft in modern times doesn't provide a solution but captures the dedication required to build up an art collection – and to steal it

Sketching in the details of the Gardner heist Ulrich Boser’s retelling of the greatest art theft in modern times doesn’t provide a solution but captures the dedication required to build up an art collection – and to steal it Kriston Capps guardian.co.uk, Thursday 19 February 2009 A detail from Storm on the Sea of Galilee,…

By removing antiquities from Third World countries, Western nations decided “who owns antiquity” long ago, and they did so with little regard for the integrity of sites or concern for what was best for all of humanity.

‘Antiquity’ argues past belongs to all By Claire McHale Milner “Thy walls defac’d, thy mouldering shrines remov’d/ By British hands…” With those words, Lord Byron, an ardent supporter of Greek independence, cried out against the British Museum’s acquisition of marble carvings removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin 200 years ago. Demands for the return…