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An ad-hoc International Art Crime Tribunal to resolve the fate of the Munich Gurlitt pictures?

November 21, 2013

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My friend and associate Judge Arthur Tompkins of New Zealand sent me the following open letter which he has written in regard to the trove of art recovered from a Munich resident, reported on in Archaeolaw here: 80-Year-Old Munich Man with Confiscated Trove of Nazi-Looted Art Breaks Silence   Open Letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel: […]

80-Year-Old Munich Man with Confiscated Trove of Nazi-Looted Art Breaks Silence

November 20, 2013

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An 80-year-old Munich man inherited upwards of a thousand pieces of artwork from his father, and 500 of the works are suspected to include pieces taken from Jews during the Nazi regime. During the war, Cornelius Gurlitt’s father was one of the four major art dealers for Hitler himself. The German government confiscated the trove […]

European Commission Renews Efforts to Protect Cultural Artifacts

December 2, 2011

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The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, is renewing its efforts to keep track and prevent the loss of cultural artifacts. It announced on November 29 that there will be a consultation relating to a new idea of how to prevent the illicit trafficking of cultural items being removed from member-states. Other […]

Looted Breton Painting Returned to France

October 25, 2011

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In an official ceremony last week, the United States returned the looted “Fisherman’s Daughter” painting by Jules Breton to France. In 1918, German occupation troops confiscated many works of art from the Douai Beaux Art Museum in Northern France, “Fisherman’s Daughter” among them.  Last year, a New York art dealer was found importing the painting […]

Genocide Skulls Returned to Namibia

October 24, 2011

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Germany is returning 20 human skulls to Namibia and issuing a public apology for the events resulting in their possession of the skulls. During the late 19th-century colonial sweep of Africa, Germany colonized Namibia.  Thousands of indigenous people were killed when they revolted against the German command in the first decade of the 20th century.  […]

The Elgin Marbles, the Bust of Nefertiti, the Euphronios Krater, and the Rosetta Stone: Who Owns What?

May 11, 2010

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As I typed in my rather unimaginative title to this post (I’m exhausted from traveling today, and its the best I could do), I thought about how I’d like to see that dogs playing poker painting redone to have all of these items in it.  You know, playing poker. The New York Times recently printed […]