Thursday, November 16, 2006

Italy threatens embargo on Getty Museum (
"Frustrated by the J. Paul Getty Trust's refusal to return a prized statue of Aphrodite and a score of other antiquities, Italian officials are threatening to impose an unprecedented 'cultural embargo' on the Los Angeles museum that would prevent its borrowing any artwork from or conducting research in their country. The impasse in talks came as new evidence was submitted Friday in the criminal trial of the Getty's former antiquities curator that the museum chose not to pursue information about the Aphrodite statue's origins when presented with an opportunity a decade ago."

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