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Former Getty antiquities curator Marion True speaks out about her five-year trial in Italy

The high-profile trial of Getty antiquities curator Marion True, charged by the Italian government with conspiring to traffic in looted art, ended last year on Oct. 13 after the statutes of limitations for her alleged crimes ran out. But the fear that this trial instilled in museums across the nation about acquiring antiquities persists, as do questions about True’s history with her co-defendants, antiquities dealers Robert Hecht and Giacomo Medici.

This month, True published a statement in the Art Newspaper to rebut some of the “distorted and slanderous allegations” against her. In the process, she reminds readers of one of the great ironies or tragedies of the five-year, 43-session trial: Before the investigation, True’s department at the Getty had a reputation for being one of the few museum teams on the better side of best practices in a fast-changing playing field, in which foreign governments often label works as looted after the fact of their sale or export instead of before.

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