Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cleveland and the Art Loss Register

Michael Bennett stresses that the bronze Apollo now in Cleveland does not appear in the database of the Art Loss Register, "one of the world's largest databases of works registered as stolen or missing" (p. 67).

But what does this demonstrate?

First that the statue was not stolen from a recorded and documented collection (and had been reported to the ALR).

And second that images of the statue were not taken when the statue was buried in antiquity.

Perhaps Bennett could have explained the problematic use of the ALR for identifying recently surfaced archaeological material.

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