Cleveland Museum returns 14 works

Rome, July 2 – Culture Minister Sandro Bondi on Thursday presented 14 antiquities returned to Italy by the Cleveland Museum of Art after the government proved that the works had been looted or stolen.

The returns include a bronze statuette of an archer dating from 900-700 BC Sardinia, silver bracelets stolen from the grave of an Etruscan woman, an Attic drinking vessel in the shape of a mule’s head and a four-foot-high wine vessel from Puglia dating to the 4th century BC that shows Trojan prince Hector leaving for battle.

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Published in: on July 3, 2009 at 10:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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Cleveland Museum answered for «hash up» purchases

Statue of Apollo Saurokton. Praxiteles. 4thC BC. Bronze. Cleveland Museum, USA

As a result of long negotiations the Cleveland museum (Ohio, the USA) gave in to demand of the ministry of culture of Italy and agreed to return the country 14 exhibits – 13 relics of classical antiquity and the valuable gold cross dated to the epoch of Early Renaissance. This decision became the fifth victory of Italy for three years of operating of the program on returning to the country of cultural values which were exported from its territory illegally.

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Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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«Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927-1936»

Margaret Bourke-White. «Chrysler Building: Gargoyle Outside Margaret Bourke-Whites Studio». 1930. Gelatin silver print.

The exhibition «Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design,
1927-1936» opens at the Pittsburgh Frick Art & Historical Center on June 25. More than 150 early works of one of America’s best-known photographers will be displayed there through September 4.

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was one of the great chroniclers of the Machine Age of the late 1920s and early 1930s. The artist’s formative years coincided with a period of economic expansion in America. The booming economy supported the construction of countless factories, skyscrapers, bridge, dams and tunnels. Using close-ups, dramatic lighting and unusual perspectives, Bourke-White managed to capture beauty in the world of industry, presented raw industrial environments as artful compositions.

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Drawings at museum part of custody dispute

Two museums in Eastern Europe want back a collection of Albrecht Durer drawings now owned by other museums around the world, including the Cleveland Museum of Art.

But an official from the U.S. Department of State said Monday that the U.S. government acted properly after World War II when it returned the drawings, looted by the Nazis, to Prince George Lubomirski, who claimed to be the rightful owner. Lubomirski later sold the drawings to museums around the world, including the Cleveland museum.

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Published in: on December 6, 2001 at 6:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Atomic "airbrush" could save fire-damaged Monet

A fire-damaged painting by Claude Monet could be restored to its former glory, thanks to a technology designed to simulate the ravages of low-Earth orbit on spacecraft.

The painting, one in the French impressionist’s celebrated Water-lilies series, suffered severe smoke damage in a blaze at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1958. In 1961, MOMA gave the soot-covered artwork to the Center for Conservation at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where it has been used as a valuable teaching tool.

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Published in: on November 27, 2001 at 8:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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