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2010-01-22 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the role of a Zurich-based conservator in the return of antiquities to Italy. In January 2010 the Italian Carabinieri announced that it was actively pursuing some 350 objects that had been in the possession of Fritz-Burki, a conservator of antiquities based in Zurich, Switzerland. It appears that the items had come to the notice of the Italians as a result of a raid by Swiss police officers in October 2001....

2010-01-15 12:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the release of new papers relating to the acquisition of the classical bronze statue by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1977. In 1977 the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired an important classical bronze from a Munich based consortium. It appears that the statue had been found in the international waters of the Adriatic in the summer of 1964. It was landed by fishermen at Fano, Italy. The statue was then apparently taken...

2009-10-22 11:11:00

Monuments Men Foundation Announces that Famous Murillo Paintings Stolen from Rothschild Family in Paris, Later Discovered by the Monuments Men during World War II, have Been Identified at SMU's Meadows Museum DALLAS, Oct. 22, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BREAKING NEWS: Based on new evidence about the systematic looting of art from Jewish owners in the course of hostilities in Europe during World War II, a pair of famous paintings on display at SMU's Meadows Museum created by Spanish...

2009-10-02 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the latest exhibition of antiquities to be returned to Italy. An exhibition celebrating 40 years of the Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale opened in Rome at the end of September 2009. The Carabinieri unit has played a key role in the fight against the destruction of archaeological sites in Italy to provide items for the worldwide antiquities market. The exhibition is housed in the...

2009-06-12 11:01:00

SWANSEA, England, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, considers the recent returns of antiquities to Greece. Greece has been stepping up its campaign for the return of recently looted antiquities. One of the most stunning pieces was a gold wreath that appears to have been removed from a grave in Macedonia, northern Greece. This passed through the Swiss market before being acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1993. The same museum has additionally returned a funerary marker...

2009-02-26 06:00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new, interactive Web site --- www.campusheritage.org --- will provide information on preservation projects funded as part of The Getty Foundation's Campus Heritage program, a five-year grant initiative. The Campus Heritage Initiative, begun in 2002, funded a broad variety of important preservation planning projects at 86 colleges and universities nationwide, in addition to surveys of hundreds of small liberal arts colleges. The Web site...

2008-10-20 12:00:17

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced that Roger Samba has been named the winner of the 2008 J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation Leadership. The annual award honors outstanding contributions to international conservation and carries with it a $200,000 prize. As the president of the remote village of Andavadoaka in southwestern Madagascar, and with no conservation background, Samba organized the world's first community run no-take zone for octopus, a local species of critical economic...

2006-08-31 11:19:32

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - Two ancient Greek artefacts, which were smuggled out of the country, came home on Thursday as part of an agreement with the J. Paul Getty Museum. A 2,400-year-old, black limestone stele - grave marker - and a marble votive relief dating from about 490 BC went on display at Athens' National Archaeological Museum only hours after being flown back from Los Angeles. They are the first installment of a deal to send back works of ancient art that...

2006-08-04 13:48:16

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The chairman of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the nation's third largest private philanthropic foundation, said on Friday he would resign more than eight months early following controversies over art looting. John Biggs, who was named chairman in 2004, said he would resign in October to pursue other projects. The Getty Trust, the nonprofit foundation behind the Los Angeles Getty Center and Getty Villa founded by oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, has been under intense...

2006-07-28 11:57:08

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's Museum of Fine Arts this week reached a tentative agreement with the Italian government to return objects suspected of being plundered antiquities. The museum will transfer "certain objects of Italian origin in the Museum's collection to Italy," it said in a statement. In return Italy has agreed to loan pieces to the museum to be displayed in special exhibitions, the two sides said. Museum spokeswoman Kelly Gifford would not say which items would be...


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