The world's top art cop; looted antiquities?

Number 19478
Subject Art
Source ARTnews
State NY
Year 2002
Publication Date July-August; October
Summary Artnews reports on Italian art investigations aimed to protect the country's antiquities. The first piece profiles "Roberto Conforti, head of the Italian art and antiquities police, the largest such force in the world." The second story sheds light on a finding by the Italian investigators that antiquities exposed in American museum and worth millions of dollars have been illegally excavated from Italy in the 80s and 90s. Italy is pursuing claims for the objects and threaten to block important loan agreements with museums, Eakin reports.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 17
Keywords smuggling;looting;ancient Greek statues;archeology;Hellenistic silver;terra-cotta;Metropolitan;Princeton University Art Museum;Fleishman Collection
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