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2006-02-21 11:32:37

ROME (Reuters) - Italy signed a deal over disputed artworks with New York's Metropolitan Museum on Tuesday, ending decades of controversy and paving the way for the return to Italy of antiquities Rome says were plundered. Under the agreement, the Met pledged to return several art works, including a 2,500-year-old Greek vase and a set of 15 Hellenistic silver pieces to Italy in exchange for long-term loans of equivalent beauty and importance. Tomb raiders have looted antiquities in...

2006-02-20 14:07:25

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will sign a deal over disputed art works with New York's Metropolitan Museum on Tuesday, ending decades of controversy and paving the way for the return to Italy of antiquities Rome says were plundered. Culture Ministry officials and Met director Philippe de Montebello held talks in Rome on Monday to finalize the deal, a ministry spokesman said. "The agreement is there. We are just putting the final touches on it," he said. The Met said earlier this month it...

2006-02-03 14:48:20

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return to Italy several works, including a 2,500-year-old Greek vase, following decades of controversy over what Italy says are plundered antiquities. On Thursday, the New York museum formally presented to the Italian Culture Ministry in Rome a draft of an agreement transferring legal title to six antiquities from the museum's collections. The pieces include a group of 15 Hellenistic silver pieces and will be...

2006-01-25 18:07:19

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Getty Villa, the Malibu antiquities showcase inspired by an oil billionaire's love of ancient Rome, reopens on Saturday after an eight-year renovation -- and the timing could hardly be worse. The long-awaited reopening of the spectacular ocean-side Villa, regarded as one of the cultural landmarks of Los Angeles, has been clouded by allegations that one of the world's richest art institutions used its muscle to acquire looted artifacts....

2005-12-23 12:55:25

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...

2005-12-23 12:56:08

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...

2005-12-21 19:41:45

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The nation's main umbrella group for nonprofit foundations has placed the J. Paul Getty Trust, one of the world's richest art institutions, on 60 days probation over allegations of financial misconduct leveled in recent news reports. The action taken by the Washington, D.C.-based Council on Foundations carries no finding of wrongdoing, but is tantamount to a notice that the trust is "not in good standing," council president Steve Gunderson...

2005-12-07 20:06:37

By Rachel Sanderson ARPI, Italy (Reuters) - Say 'tomb raider' to Francesco Racano and he doesn't think of a Hollywood action movie hero. He fights the real thing. The 51-year-old archaeologist has worked for more than half his life at Arpi, a sprawling Greco-Roman necropolis in Italy's deep south that is bigger than most small villages. Arpi has the kind of embarrassment of riches few countries can boast -- hundreds of tombs buried close to the surface and brimming with treasures....

2005-12-02 08:08:28

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art may return disputed antiquities to Italy by early 2007 under a deal meant to resolve Italy's claims to some of the Met's most prized artifacts, an Italian official said on Friday. The culture ministry official said that as part of the possible agreement, which is still being worked out and requires approval by the Met's board, Italy would in exchange lend objects of equal value to the museum on a rotating basis....

2005-11-22 11:42:12

ROME (Reuters) - The director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art met Italian officials in Rome on Tuesday over several disputed art works in the Met's collection that Italy says were looted, one official said on Tuesday. The talks come just days after the former curator of another respected art institution, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, appeared before a Rome court to face charges of acquiring stolen artifacts. The Getty earlier this month returned three disputed art...


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