Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Best of 2011

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed and recommended by Burbank Public Library staff during 2011 for your consideration:

A thrilling journey through the world of international art and the problem of looted antiquities. Focusing on the Getty Museum, which became the poster child of looted art after the Italian Government filed charges against its curator, Marion True, in 2005, Felch and Frammolino explain how one of the wealthiest museums in the world built its collection using connections with known smugglers and art thieves. The Getty is not the only cultural institution that is exposed by the authors: The British Museum, the Louvre, and our local Norton Simon Museum all have trafficked in looted art, most of which remains in their collections to this day. This fascinating and fast-paced work of nonfiction is an excellent mini-art history lesson as well as a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the international antiquities trade. I highly recommend it to art lovers everywhere.

Reviewed by Carey

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