Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum is the story of how the J. P. Getty Museum has collected Greek and Roman antiquities since its inception in 1953, told from the inside out. The authors, Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, both reporters from the Los Angeles Times (Frammolino has since moved on), have assembled an … Read More
For more information on how, before the revolution, the kleptocratic ruling family of Tunisia looted the country’s museum for artifacts to use as kitchen tables and columns around the swimming pool see Tunisia protects ancient treasures (Magharebia.com).
A European art and antiquities collector recently opened a museum of his collection in France. His action to share the collection with the public is perhaps more admirable than hoarding it all in a private home. But it is the “compulsive collecting” in the first place that causes so many problems, and this article in particular glorifies his “philanthropy” while … Read More
Two new articles have come to my attention today, both courtesy of the Museum Security Network. The first article discusses the work just now beginning to restore the vandalised rock art of Red Rock Canyon, outside of Las Vegas; a “Sistine Chapel” of Fremont-culture rock art. The main perpetrator of the crime was arrested in December, and awaits a verdict … Read More