Thursday, 30 December 2021

Steinhardt objects returning to Italy

Togate figure from Perugia
Source: Chasing Aphrodite

It has been announced that 51 antiquities will be returning from the Steinhardt collection to Italy. I estimate that they were purchased for $7.5 million. The objects include Etruscan bronzes, a fresco fragment from Herculaneum, and a mosaic removed from a Roman villa on Sicily. It is striking that so many of the items were identified from the seized photographic and documentary archives of Medici, Becchina, Symes, Hecht, and Almagià.

It is clear that only a fraction of the material in these archives has been returned to the countries where they were found. Museums, private collectors, and galleries need to start studying their lists of donors and former owners.

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