The return of 13 classical antiquities from Boston's Museum of
Fine Arts (MFA) to Italy provides a glimpse into a major museum's
acquisition patterns from 1971 to 1999. Evidence emerging during the trial
of Marion True and Robert E. Hecht Jr. in Rome is allowing the Italian
authorities to identify antiquities that have been removed from their
archaeological contexts by illicit digging. Key dealers and galleries are
identified, and with them other objects that have followed the same route.
The fabrication of old collections to hide the recent surfacing
of antiquities is also explored.
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