Monday, October 17, 2005

Troubles at Getty Ripple Through Art World - Yahoo! News

Troubles at Getty Ripple Through Art World - Yahoo! News: "Troubles at Getty Ripple Through Art World

By CHRISTINA ALMEIDA, Associated Press Writer Sat Oct 15,10:55 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - A plot fit for a Hollywood thriller has been unfolding at the venerable J. Paul Getty Museum, a gleaming hilltop refuge that Italian authorities claim houses pilfered art.

A decade after leading efforts against the illegal trade of artifacts, the museum's recently departed antiquities curator faces trial next month in Rome over allegations that she knowingly received dozens of stolen items.

The internationally renowned Getty finds itself deflecting a barrage of questions about how it amassed its world-class collection of Roman, Greek and Etruscan works. And the art world is left to wonder whether the museum's current dilemma will refocus attention on how art is acquired."

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