“How Do Museums Obtain the Antiquities They Exhibit?”

As a follow-up to David Gill and Lee Rosenbaum’s recent posts on the Brooklyn Museum, here’s a perhaps slightly clearer photo of a prominently placed information panel in the galleries that explains to visitors the museum’s acquistion policy and its development over the course of the 20th century. This sort of transparency in museum practice […]

The Glyptotek and Italy: Latest Developments

The Copenhagen Glyptotek case made the frontpage of Information the other day. The recent developments have been more concerned with the domestic handling of the case rather than talks with Italy. Over a period of five years, the Danish Ministry of Justice has refused to co-operate with the Italian investigators in the Hecht-Medici trial for […]

Italy to set its eyes on the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek?

Note anything new and out of the ordinary on this webpage from the Metropolitan Museum of Art presenting the famous krater painted by Euphronios and colloquially known as the Million Dollar Vase? Well, after the recent deal between the museum and the Italian authorities, it now clearly states that the vase is “lent by the […]

The ‘Innocent’ Era of Collecting

Many people are familiar with the widespread availability of antiquities in Rome and Athens as late as the 1960s. Archaeologists and art historians working in the Mediterranean during this time often have private collections. A while ago I found a remarkable article that more than anything is testimony to this ‘innocent’ era of collecting – […]

Forensic Archaeology during World War II: Ethics and Politics

First part of an absolutely brilliant programme last night on Danish television (DR2): “Kraniet fra Katyn” (“The Skull from Katyn”). Katyn is the site of the mass graves of thousands of Polish soldiers and civilians that were systematically executed in 1940 by the Soviet occupying forces. The mass graves were subsequently discovered by the Nazis […]