Frick Collection Makes Rare Purchase, Then Italy Tries To Block It After The Fact

“The Frick, which adds only sparingly to its collection, described the portrait” – a seven-foot-tall image of Prince Camillo Borghese (Napoleon’s brother-in-law) by François Gérard – “as its most significant painting purchase for nearly 30 years when it announced the acquisition last December.” Now the Italian culture ministry, saying that the portrait is important to […]

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4000 Ancient Artifacts Smuggled Into US By Hobby Lobby Are Returned To Iraq,

The event marked the end of to the international investigation of black-market antiquities and the evangelical Green family, the owners of Hobby Lobby and collectors of biblical material who opened the Museum of the Bible in Washington last November. The museum was not involved in the settlement, and the returned objects were not part of […]

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Police Raid Private Homes In Case Of Belgian Exhibition Of Russian Avant-Garde Fakes

“Homes across Belgium have been raided by police investigating allegations that counterfeit Russian avant garde works were exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. The display of 26 pieces, loaned by the Russian businessman Igor Toporovski, was terminated by the gallery in January after experts claimed it was full of fakes. The museum’s […]

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