Loans of Archaeological Material

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The acquisition of antiquities during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s has turned sour. One of the lessons from the recent returns of archaeological material to Italy is that museums need to check the documented history of objects before the pieces are purchased. And so a new era has dawned. An era when there are more rigorous acquisition policies. But is … Read More

A Different View of Art Theft

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In light of the recent high profile theft from a museum in Switzerland there have been a variety of articles and opinion pieces about the theft and what is all means to the Art world in general. Overall the consensus has been that art thieves aren’t a very bright lot. The thefts are sadly not terribly difficult (museum security naturally … Read More

A New Way Forward for U.S. Museums

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The following article is published at the request of its author, Thomas Noble Howe. There is currently exhibit of some 70 repatriated art objects in the Italian presidential palace, mostly from the Getty, Metropolitan and Boston Museums (“Nostoi, Capolavori ritrovati”, at the Quirinal Palace, Rome, 21 December-2 March, 2008, ). It has a distinctly triumphal quality to it (not without … Read More