Saturday, 29 December 2018

The scale of returns to Italy from North American collections

My analysis of the archaeological objects returned to Italy has appeared in the latest number of the International Journal of Cultural Property. The article includes a catalogue of the returned material. There is reference to the 3,500 fragments derived from Francavilla Marittima and returned to Italy.

Museums considered:

  • Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Fordham University
  • Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Princeton University Art Museum
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville
Objects from private collections, galleries and auction houses are also discussed.


'Returning archaeological objects to Italy’, International Journal of Cultural Property 25, 3 (2018), 283–321. [DOI]

Abstract
It has been more than 20 years since the raids on the premises at the Geneva Freeport were linked to Giacomo Medici. The seizure of photographic records led to a major investigation of acquisitions by museums and private collectors. This was expanded following the confiscation of archives from Robin Symes and Gianfranco Becchina. Over 350 items have been returned to Italy from North American public and private collections as well as auction houses and galleries. This article reviews the returns and identifies some of the major themes. It also notes some of the unresolved cases both in North America and in Europe and Japan.

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