Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the by Jason Felch, Ralph Frammolino

By Jason Felch, Ralph Frammolino

In recent times, a number of of America’s best artwork museums have voluntarily given up their best items of classical paintings to the governments of Italy and Greece. The financial worth is anticipated at over part one thousand million cash. Why might they be moved to such unheard-of generosity? 

The resolution lies on the Getty, one of many world’s richest and such a lot stricken museums, and scandalous revelations that it have been procuring looted antiquities for many years. Drawing on a trove of private museum files and frank interviews, Felch and Frammolino supply us a fly-on-the-wall account of the interior workings of a world-class museum and inform the tale of the Getty’s dealings within the unlawful antiquities exchange. The outlandish characters and undesirable habit may perhaps come instantly from the pages of a thriller—the filthy rich recluse founder, the cagey Italian paintings investigator, the playboy curator, the narcissist CEO—but their chilling results at the remainder of the artwork international were all too genuine, because the authors exhibit in novelistic detail. 

Fast-paced and compelling, Chasing Aphrodite exposes the layer of airborne dirt and dust underneath the polished façade of the museum business.

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