The Italian Archaeological Heritage Abroad Between Agreements, Debates and Indifference
Important American and European museums have returned to Italy a fair number of antiquity masterpieces thanks to the investigations of a very particular pool of ‘investigators’, consisting of the magistrate Paolo Giorgio Ferri, the police, and a team of archaeologists. The result is important, but can we really declare ourselves satisfied today? There are still too many finds in museums all over the world: in Los Angeles, but also in the museums of Madrid, Paris, Munich, Berlin and even in Japan important works of art, illegally excavated in Italy, are illicitly exhibited and, above all, their history gets definitively lost.
Keywords: Paul Getty • Apulian Vases • Staatliche Museen Berlin • Trapezophoros • Giacomo Medici • Louvre • J • Gianfranco Becchina