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All quiet in Madrid

Madrid has yet to respond to the suggestion that 22 antiquities acquired in 1999 appear in the Medici Dossier or the Becchina Stache. Fabio Isman reported that "requests to the Madrid museum from The Art Newspaper to comment on these allegations remained unanswered at time of publication". I also emailed the press office at the museum yesterday but have not received a reply.

Spanish readers may like to look up the July 5, 2010 edition of El Pais ("La cultura dice basta a Berlusconi"). The story is commenting on the proposed changes to Italian legislation (see details here).
El mercado ilegal del arte antiguo en Italia mueve millones de euros anuales, y ha sido objeto de numerosas investigaciones judiciales. Las arqueomafias, o redes criminales internacionales, cubren todo el circuito: señalan las piezas en iglesias y excavaciones y luego las colocan en museos extranjeros, como el Museo Getty de Los Ángeles, cuya comisaria, Marion True, está procesada desde 2005 en Roma por tráfico ilícito de obras de arte junto al comerciante suizo Robert Hecht y el anticuario italiano Giacomo Medici. 
Los jueces italianos llevan años lidiando con tipos como Medici, un romano especializado en arte etrusco, o Gianfranco Becchina, que según estiman los investigadores ha saqueado desde 1970 un millón de restos arqueológicos. Los indicios de que las mafias tienen este tráfico entre sus favoritos son abundantes.
Reporters from El Pais need not have looked so far away for an example to illustrate their story.

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Athenian black-figured amphora from the Medici Dossier.

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