• Italy and the Met

    Three decades of controversy finally resolved?

    On February 2, 2006, the Metropolitan Museum of Art made an announcement that it would be turning a number of objects in its collection over to Italian ownership. On February 21, Philippe de Montebello, the director of the Met, and Rocco Buttiglione, Italy’s Minister of Culture, finally signed an official accord that cemented the deal. Now the process has begun to send archaeological artifacts from Italian collections to the Met as loans in exchange for the return to Italy of pieces that Italy claims were looted from within its borders.

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    The Morgantina Silver

    Among the objects that will be returned to Italy is the spectacular Euphronios Krater, a masterwork of ancient Greek vase making and decoration. Since 1972, the Euphronios Krater has been a showpiece of the Greek and ...

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