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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Back in the News 18 May 2009

Posted by Troels in : Archaeology, Ethics , trackback

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen was back in the news yesterday. Politiken reported on the recent negotiations between the museum and Italian authorities (“Glyptoteket tilbyder at udlevere etruskisk skat“, the Glyptotek offers to return Etruscan treasure; also reported in Jyllands-Posten with a slightly more smashing headline: “Glyptoteket afleverer plyndret skat“, the Glyptotek returns looted treasure). Only a few details from the negotiations have been made public. Apparently, the Glyptotek offered to return its Etruscan chariot, which was acquired through Hecht. Meanwhile, the Italians suggested a Getty-style deal that would allow the Glyptotek to exhibit artefacts (“much richer than those to be returned”) from Italian collections on a loan basis. Nonetheless, the negotiations seem to have come to a dead end. I expect the case will develop further over the coming months.

Previous coverage: here, here, here, here, and here. See also David Gill’s Looting Matters blog for the Glyptotek’s involvement with Hecht.

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