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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...

2005-11-16 12:07:32

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - A former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles appeared in a Rome court on Wednesday to face charges of acquiring stolen artifacts, in a trial spotlighting the shady side of the global art trade. Prosecutors say the case, part of efforts by the Italian government to crack down on the trade of illegally excavated or stolen archaeological treasures, will put pressure on museums worldwide to verify the origin of the art works they...

2005-11-16 08:11:12

ROME (Reuters) - A former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles appeared in a Rome court on Wednesday to face charges of receiving stolen artifacts, in a trial spotlighting the shady side of the global art trade. It was the first time Marion True, who quit her job at the Getty last month, had attended the court since her trial opened with a single session in July. She made no comment to the press. True denies charges of criminal conspiracy to receive stolen goods and...

2005-10-03 16:16:09

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum who is facing trial in Italy on charges that she conspired with dealers trafficking in looted antiques has retired to concentrate on her legal defense, the museum said on Monday. Meanwhile the Getty, one of the world's richest art institutions, has agreed to return to Italy three of the 42 disputed archaeological treasures curator Marion True acquired. Italian Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said he would be sending an...

2005-10-03 07:01:50

ROME (Reuters) - The J. Paul Getty Museum, one of the world's richest art institutions, has agreed to return to Italy three archaeological treasures its curator is accused of having acquired knowing they were looted. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said he would be sending an official to Los Angeles to pick up the works. He wants the Getty to return the rest of a total of 42 disputed Italian art treasures it has in its collection. "The works are returning without an...

2005-09-02 18:13:23

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The J. Paul Getty Trust, which operates one of California's most respected museums, withheld potentially crucial documents from Italian authorities investigating the trafficking of stolen artifacts, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. The newspaper said the letters and photographs suggested that the Getty's chief curator of antiquities maintained close relationships with dealers suspected of selling art that was looted or illegally excavated in Italy....

2005-07-18 08:48:09

By Shasta Darlington ROME (Reuters) - The curator of antiquities at California's respected J. Paul Getty Museum went on trial in Rome on Monday accused of receiving stolen artefacts in a case closely watched by the international art world. After a decade-long investigation, Italian prosecutors charged Marion True, who has been with the Getty for over 20 years, of criminal conspiracy to receive stolen goods and illegal receipt of archaeological artefacts. True denies the charges and the...


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bibliopole
  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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