Monday, November 28, 2005

Met Will Return Disputed Art to Italy

An update on Bloomberg site regarding claims for the return of illegally sold artefacts, highlighted by the Italian legal position taken against the John Paul Getty Museum: "By holding talks and demanding the return of objects, Italy aims to end collecting practices that encourage illegal excavation and to work more closely with foreign museums through joint scholarship, art loans and collaboration on legitimate archaeological digs, Buttiglione and other officials have said.

Museums are under increasing pressure to return artifacts from their collections, in part because the former antiquities curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Marion True, is on trial in Rome for handling looted art. She denies the charges. Greece said yesterday it is taking legal action to win the return of four antiquities from the Getty."
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