From Boston to Rome: Reflections on Returning Antiquities

David Gill, Christopher Chippindale

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The return of 13 classical antiquities from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) to Italy provides a glimpse into a major museum's acquisition patterns from 1971 to 1999. Evidence emerging during the trial of Marion True and Robert E. Hecht Jr. in Rome is allowing the Italian authorities to identify antiquities that have been removed from their archaeological contexts by illicit digging. Key dealers and galleries are identified, and with them other objects that have followed the same route. The fabrication of old collections to hide the recent surfacing of antiquities is also explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-331
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Property
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

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