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Protected: People of the (stolen) book: Did Israel’s National Library engage in systematic theft?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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Protected: “The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” by Anne-Marie O’Connor – The Washington Post

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

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UrbanTick: Book – Cultural Emergency

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Disaster management has become a more widely discussed topic in recent years. It is not necessarily that there are more devastating catastrophe happening, but that it is discussed and reacted upon in a different way. Word wide connections have grown stronger and a sense of globalnes is starting to settle. ...

Protected: Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners by Sandy Nairne – review | Books | The Observer

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

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The Getty Museum and its antiquities: Collateral damage | The Economist

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

economist.comhttp://www.economist.com/node/18709629 The Getty Museum and its antiquities: Collateral damage Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum. By Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 384 pages; $28 and £16.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk THE admirable display of Greek and Roman antiquities at the Getty Villa in Malibu was a ...

‘Stealing the Mystic Lamb’ by Noah Charney: Book Review – latimes.com

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Charney delivers, essentially, a biography of the altar. As his narrative plainly illustrates, he is only the latest in a long line to find himself consumed by the altar's beauty, obscure meaning and strange history. Charney speculates that the reproduction placed in the altar is actually a touched-up version of the ...

CRIMINOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY: STUDIES IN LOOTED ANTIQUITIES, by Simon Mackenzie and Penny Green (eds). Oxford, UK, and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2009

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

CRIMINOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY: STUDIES IN LOOTED ANTIQUITIES, by Simon Mackenzie and Penny Green (eds). Oxford, UK, and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2009 via CRIMINOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY.

Book review – The Art of Benin Repatriation and the Repatriation of Benin Art

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Peju Layiwola.  Benin1897.com: Art and the Restitution Question.Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria  Wy Art Editions, 2010.  Illustrations.244 pp.  $50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-978-902-703-3. Reviewed by Joseph Nevadomsky The Art of Benin Repatriation and the Repatriation of  Benin Art There are several features of this book that deserve review andcomment. First is the title, intriguing and ...

His Heart Is in the Art of Sleuthing

Monday, June 7th, 2010

His Heart Is in the Art of Sleuthing http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/arts/design/07wittman.html?pagewanted=all By RANDY KENNEDY Published: June 6, 2010 There might be a few agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who could sit down at a piano and run through a Chopin Fantasie to calm their nerves, as Robert K. Wittman used to do. But there ...

Book thefts – The literate burglar

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Author Allison Hoover Bartlett on the curious psyche of a rare-book thief By Matthew Battles  |  November 8, 2009 Rare books provoke passion in collectors, who expend untold time and treasure in their pursuit. Some surrender their scruples, too. Take the case of John Charles Gilkey, who stole rare volumes, many ...

Robert K. Wittman – Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures, by Robert K. Wittman (Author), John Shiffman (Author) pre-order this book at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0307461475/ref=cm_sw_su_dp Book's release expected June 2010

How Allied soldiers and scholars saved cultural treasures from destruction and the Nazis

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

During the darkest days of World War II, a ragtag band of British and American art scholars braved the battlefields of Europe to rescue thousands of cultural treasures from Nazi pillage and the collateral damage of armed conflict. These “monuments men’’ propped up collapsing buildings; repaired battle-scarred frescoes and mosaics; ...

Protected: Book review – The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum. Johan Franzén is disturbed by America’s failure to protect Iraq’s historical artefacts during the war.

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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Author to Look at Rogue’s Gallery: The Secret History of the Metropolitan Museum

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Newport-Now.com Author to Look at Rogue’s Gallery: The Secret History of the Metropolitan Museum by NEWPORT NOW STAFF on JULY 22, 2009 NEWPORT, R.I. – The Redwood Library and Athenæum will host an author lecture by Michael Gross on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library’s Harrison Room at 50 ...

Book Arouses Return of Looted Relics. "Cleopatra's Needle'' written by former Korean ambassador Kim Kyeong-im

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Book Arouses Return of Looted Relics By Chung Ah-young Staff Reporter 04-10-2009 In February, two looted Chinese relics were sold at the French house of auction giant Christie's for 14 million euros ($17.92 million). But China had tried to dissuade Christie's from auctioning the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) bronze rabbit and rat head sculptures, because ...

Sketching in the details of the Gardner heist. Ulrich Boser's retelling of the greatest art theft in modern times doesn't provide a solution but captures the dedication required to build up an art collection – and to steal it

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Sketching in the details of the Gardner heist Ulrich Boser's retelling of the greatest art theft in modern times doesn't provide a solution but captures the dedication required to build up an art collection - and to steal it Kriston Capps guardian.co.uk, Thursday 19 February 2009 A detail from Storm on the Sea ...

By removing antiquities from Third World countries, Western nations decided “who owns antiquity” long ago, and they did so with little regard for the integrity of sites or concern for what was best for all of humanity.

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

‘Antiquity’ argues past belongs to all By Claire McHale Milner “Thy walls defac’d, thy mouldering shrines remov’d/ By British hands…” With those words, Lord Byron, an ardent supporter of Greek independence, cried out against the British Museum’s acquisition of marble carvings removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin 200 years ago. Demands for the ...