The Return of Cultural Treasures Book

The Return of Cultural Treasures

  • Author : Jeanette Greenfield
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2007-12-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 500
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521802161

The Return of Cultural Treasures Book Description :

This is a new edition of Greenfield's pioneering study about the legal, political and historical aspects of cultural restitution.

The Return of Cultural Treasures Book

The Return of Cultural Treasures

  • Author : Jeanette Greenfield
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1996-01-26
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN 10 : 0521477468

The Return of Cultural Treasures Book Description :

New edition of Greenfield's pioneering study about the legal, political and historical aspects of cultural restitution.

The Return of Cultural Treasures Book

The Return of Cultural Treasures

  • Author : Jeanette Greenfield
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-08-22
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 524
  • ISBN 10 : 1107625408

The Return of Cultural Treasures Book Description :

In recent years controversial cases such as the so-called Elgin Marbles have prompted public debate on the return of cultural treasures to their homelands. In this fully revised and expanded third edition of her seminal work, first published in 2007, Jeanette Greenfield analyzes and discusses the historical, legal and political issues surrounding a wide cross-section of similar cases. Bringing the story up to date, this edition includes new chapters on wartime plunders, deliberately destroyed art and the return of ethnic art such as Australian aboriginal and Native American art. It also explores the palaeontological and marine archaeology issues at play and examines new approaches taken by museums when dealing with cultural objects and their return. Written in a highly accessible style with an interdisciplinary approach, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in cultural heritage, archaeology and anthropology, museums, art history and international law.

The Return of Cultural and Historical Treasures Book

The Return of Cultural and Historical Treasures

  • Author : Jos van Beurden
  • Publisher : Kit Press
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 88
  • ISBN 10 : 946022184X

The Return of Cultural and Historical Treasures Book Description :

The return of cultural and historical treasures touches on a number of political and cultural issues, and often inspires controversy. As the world is changing, the concept of return is changing as well. The shrinking divisions between a poor South and a rich North, colonizer and colonized, and source countries and art and antique market countries all impact our thinking about return. How do Dutch heritage institutions deal with this new reality, when the return of their objects or collections comes under discussion? That is the central question in this critical book. In The Return of Cultural and Historical Treasures: The Case of the Netherlands, Jos van Beurden researches cases in which the Dutch state and Dutch heritage institutions have been handing over cultural and historical treasures that were acquired in colonial times and more recently. He investigates the dynamics of their return practice and gives his analysis extra depth by including cases in which the return has not materialized. The most remarkable of these is that of a keris--the traditional sword of Indonesia's national hero Diponegoro. Where is it? In addition to research the written records, many heritage directors and experts were interviewed for the book, making The Return of Cultural and Historical Treasures an indispensable addition to the literature about return by the Netherlands of art and human remains.

America and the Return of Nazi Contraband Book

America and the Return of Nazi Contraband

  • Author : Michael J. Kurtz
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-03-06
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521849821

America and the Return of Nazi Contraband Book Description :

The Nazi war on European culture produced the greatest dislocation of art, archives, and libraries in the history of the world. In the ruins of the Reich, Allied occupiers found millions of paintings, books, manuscripts, and pieces of sculpture, from the mediocre to the priceless, hidden in thousands of secret hideaways. This book tells the story of how the American Military Government in Germany, spearheaded by a few dozen dedicated Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFA&A) officers and enlisted men, coped with restoring Europe's cultural heritage.

Keeping Their Marbles Book
Score: 4
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Keeping Their Marbles

  • Author : Tiffany Jenkins
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-02
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199657599

Keeping Their Marbles Book Description :

For the past two centuries and more, the West has acquired the treasures of antiquity to fill its museums. But all this came at a cost. From the Napoleonic campaigns that filled the Louvre with Egyptian artefacts, to the plunder that accompanied British imperialism across the globe, the amazing collections in the West's great museums were wrenched from their original context by means that often amounted to theft. Now the countries from which they came would likethem back. The Greek demand for the return of the Elgin Marbles is only the tip of an iceberg that includes a host of world-historical artefacts, from the Benin Bronzes to the Bust of Nefertiti. Formany, these items are looted property - and should be returned immediately.Keeping Their Marbles tells the story of how the West acquired these treasures - and controversially argues that they should not be returned.

Treasures in Trusted Hands Book

Treasures in Trusted Hands

  • Author : Jos van Beurden
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2017-05-22
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : 9088904405

Treasures in Trusted Hands Book Description :

This pioneering study charts the one-way traffic of cultural and historical objects during five centuries of European colonialism. It presents abundant examples of disappeared colonial objects and systematizes these into war booty, confiscations by missionaries and contestable acquisitions by private persons and other categories. Former colonies consider this as a historical injustice that has not been undone. Former colonial powers have kept most of the objects in their custody. In the 1970s the Netherlands and Belgium returned objects to their former colonies Indonesia and DR Congo; but their number was considerably smaller than what had been asked for. Nigeria's requests for the return of some Benin objects, confiscated by British soldiers in 1897, are rejected. As there is no consensus on how to deal with colonial objects, disputes about other categories of contestable objects are analyzed. For Nazi-looted artworks the 1998 Washington Conference Principles have been widely accepted. Although non-binding, they promote fair and just solutions and help people to reclaim art works that they lost involuntarily. To promote solutions for colonial objects, nine Principles for Dealing with Colonial Cultural and Historical Objects are presented, based on the Washington Conference Principles. The nine are part of a model to facilitate mediation in disputes about them. This model can help to break the impasse in negotiations between former colonizers and colonies. Europe, the former colonizers, should do more pro-active provenance research into the acquisitions from the colonial era, both in public institutions and private collections. "This is a very commendable treatise which has painstakingly and with detachment explored the emotive issue of the return of cultural objects removed in colonial times to the metropolis. He has looked at the issues from every continent with clarity and perspicuity." Prof. Folarin Shyllon (University of Ibadan) "Momumentaal werk van hoge kwali

Stolen  Smuggled  Sold Book

Stolen Smuggled Sold

  • Author : Nancy Moses
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2015-06-04
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 9780759121942

Stolen Smuggled Sold Book Description :

Stolen, Smuggled Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures tells the dark and compelling stories of iconic cultural objects that were stolen, smuggled or sold, and eventually returned back to their original owner. There are many books about museum heists, Holocaust artwork, insider theft, trafficking in antiquities, and stolen Native American objects. Now, there’s finally a book for the general public that covers the entire terrain. The book includes full-color photos of the objects. Stolen, Smuggled, Sold features seven vivid and true stories in which the reader joins the author as she uncovers a cultural treasure and follows its often-convoluted trail. Along the way author and reader encounter a cast of fascinating characters from the underbelly of the cultural world: unscrupulous grave robbers, sinister middlemen, ruthless art dealers, venal Nazis, canny lawyers, valiant academics, unstoppable investigative reporters, unwitting curators, and dedicated government officials. Stories include Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, the typeset manuscript for Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth, a ceremonial Ghost Dance short from the massacre at Wounded Knee, the theft of 4,800 historical audio discs by a top official at the National Archives, a missing original copy of The Bill of Rights, the mummy of Ramses I, and an ancient treasure from Iraq. While each story is fascinating in and of itself, together they address one of the hottest issues in the museum world: how to deal with the millions of items that have breaks in the chain of ownership, suspicious ownership records, or no provenance at all. The issue of ownership touches on professional practices, international protocols, and national laws. It’s a financial issue since the illicit trade in antiquities and cultural items generates as much as $4 billion to $8 billion a year.

Loot Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings


  • Author : Sharon Waxman
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429960434

Loot Book Description :

A journey across four continents to the heart of the conflict over who should own the great works of ancient art Why are the Elgin Marbles in London and not on the Acropolis? Why do there seem to be as many mummies in France as there are in Egypt? Why are so many Etruscan masterworks in America? For the past two centuries, the West has been plundering the treasures of the ancient world to fill its great museums, but in recent years, the countries where ancient civilizations originated have begun to push back, taking museums to court, prosecuting curators, and threatening to force the return of these priceless objects. Where do these treasures rightly belong? Sharon Waxman, a former culture reporter for The New York Times and a longtime foreign correspondent, brings us inside this high-stakes conflict, examining the implications for the preservation of the objects themselves and for how we understand our shared cultural heritage. Her journey takes readers from the great cities of Europe and America to Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, as these countries face down the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She also introduces a cast of determined and implacable characters whose battles may strip these museums of some of their most cherished treasures. For readers who are fascinated by antiquity, who love to frequent museums, and who believe in the value of cultural exchange, Loot opens a new window on an enduring conflict.

Who Owns History  Book

Who Owns History

  • Author : Geoffrey Robertson
  • Publisher : Biteback Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-11-05
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785905421

Who Owns History Book Description :

The biggest question in the world of art and culture concerns the return of property taken without consent. Throughout history, conquerors or colonial masters have taken artefacts from subjugated peoples, who now want them returned from museums and private collections in Europe and the USA. The controversy rages on over the Elgin Marbles, and has been given immediacy by figures such as France’s President Macron, who says he will order French museums to return hundreds of artworks acquired by force or fraud in Africa, and by British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has pledged that a Labour government would return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. Elsewhere, there is a debate in Belgium about whether the Africa Museum, newly opened with 120,000 items acquired mainly by armed forces in the Congo, should close. Although there is an international convention dated 1970 that deals with the restoration of artefacts stolen since that time, there is no agreement on the rules of law or ethics which should govern the fate of objects forcefully or lawlessly acquired in previous centuries. Who Owns History? delves into the crucial debate over the Elgin Marbles, but also offers a system for the return of cultural property based on human rights law principles that are being developed by the courts. It is not a legal text, but rather an examination of how the past can be experienced by everyone, as well as by the people of the country of origin.

Everyday Objects cultural Treasures Book

Everyday Objects cultural Treasures

  • Author : Vadim Gushchin
  • Publisher : Schilt Pub
  • Release Date : 2013-03-18
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 9053307923

Everyday Objects cultural Treasures Book Description :

We live in the Universe of Malevich, though we very rarely notice it. Vadim Gushchin photographs Everyday Objects in such a way that it is immediately obvious that they have originated from Malevichs Black Square. The main idea of design is the sparing use of form. El Lissitzky, a pupil of Kazimir Malevich, was the first to formulate this idea in relation to the industrial object. Malevich used the expressive means of painting sparingly. Lissitzky transformed his world for the needs of production. Consequently, Malevich can be found in the depths of an industrial object. In his rejection of illusionism, Vadim Gushchin follows in the path of Malevich. Because when we talk about pure forms, we recall Malevich his works, reduced to the depiction of the pure plane. A paradoxical effect arises when photographing objects. It would appear that reality is being documented. That is to say, things are presented as they are. But in fact, in order to do this, things are taken beyond their usual context. That is, each separate object is placed in a meta position in relation to reality. And the better the shooting is done, the more accurately the object is reproduced, and the bigger the size, and the better the lens, the more that object will be alienated from its habitual existence. Once photographed, objects rise above themselves. In Gushchins artistic space, industrial objects are transformed into sculptures. And each of these sculptures gives witness to its source the Universe of Malevich. Photography is the royal road into perspective-unconscious. That is, more or less, what Walter Benjamin wrote about in A Short History of Photography. His idea became the principle of development of modernity in this art form. Vadim Gushchin subjects it to scrupulous analysis. In his Cultural Treasures he complicates the conditions of the experiment, introducing colour into his formerly classical black and white series of still-lifes. It comprises a few series, the heroes of which are, for

Uzbekistan Book


  • Author : Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword History
  • Release Date : 2019-02
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 1526750198

Uzbekistan Book Description :

From the blue and gold splendors of Samarkand to the holy city of Bukhara, the architectural heritage of Uzbekistan is simply extraordinary. Over the 2,000 year history of the Silk Road, its fertile oases have attracted countless travelers and conquerors who have profoundly made their mark on human history, such as the conqueror Tamerlane or the scientist Ulugh Beg, who discovered the sundial. All have bequeathed an inheritance whose legacy can still be admired today. By its geographical position, Ancient Uzbekistan was created from a melting pot of different cultures. Iran, the Eastern Steppes, Siberia, India and China have all added their own influences on the local arts. Over the centuries, due in many parts to the Silk Road, these exchanges have continued to grow. Cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent and Khiva became famous in the Middle Ages not only for their cultural wealth, but also for science. In homage to this rich heritage, this book is a celebration of the arts and pictorial traditions of Uzbekistan. Photographs of architectural works, murals, ceramics, tapestries and ornamented textiles highlight the country's cultural treasures, accompanied by short texts explaining their historical significance. On the right-hand page, the reader is given the opportunity to color in their own drawings based on the beautiful photographs provided.

Art Treasures and War Book

Art Treasures and War

  • Author : Wojciech Kowalski
  • Publisher : Inst of Art & Law
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN 10 : 0953169618

Art Treasures and War Book Description :

The first objective of this timely reprint is to define the meaning of the term 'restitution' in international law in contrast with the other terms used in this area. The book then considers the opinions of various lawyers and academics, and the development of rules of international law relating to the return of cultural goods, alongside a study of the development of the practice of restitution. In the light of this general discussion, specific issues receive more detailed treatment, in particular the regulations of 'Allied Restitution Law, ' which came into force in various forms and situations after World War II. Art Treasures and War concludes with a summary of the historical evolution of the legal model of restitution. The Appendix contains a wealth of material, including the Regulation concerning confiscation of works of art in German-occupied Poland; the Inter-Allied Declaration against Acts of Dispossession; the Final Act and Annex of the Paris Conference on Reparations; Law No. 52: Blocking and Control of Property, British Zone; General Order No. 6: Declaration of Looted Property in British Zone; Law No. 59: Restitution of Identifiable Property (US Zone); Military Government Regulations, Title 18: Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives, US Zone

Cultural Property and Contested Ownership Book

Cultural Property and Contested Ownership

  • Author : Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-06-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317281832

Cultural Property and Contested Ownership Book Description :

Against the backdrop of international conventions and their implementation, Cultural Property and Contested Ownership explores how highly-valued cultural goods are traded and negotiated among diverging parties and their interests. Cultural artefacts, such as those kept and trafficked between art dealers, private collectors and museums, have become increasingly localized in a ‘Bermuda triangle’ of colonialism, looting and the black market, with their re-emergence resulting in disputes of ownership and claims for return. This interdisciplinary volume provides the first book-length investigation of the changing behaviours resulting from the effect of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The collection considers the impact of the Convention on the way antiquity dealers, museums and auction houses, as well as nation states and local communities, address issues of provenance, contested ownership, and the trafficking of cultural property. The book contains a range of contributions from anthropologists, lawyers, historians and archaeologists. Individual cases are examined from a bottom-up perspective and assessed from the viewpoint of international law in the Epilogue. Each section is contextualised by an introductory chapter from the editors.

Museums and Restitution Book

Museums and Restitution

  • Author : Louise Tythacott
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-22
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317092858

Museums and Restitution Book Description :

This book examines contemporary approaches to restitution from the perspective of museums. It focuses on the ways in which these institutions have been addressing the subject at a regional, national and international level. In particular, it explores contemporary practices and recent claims, and investigates to what extent the question of restitution as an issue of ownership is still at large, or whether museums have found additional ways to conceptualise and practice restitution, by thinking beyond the issue of ownership. The challenges, benefits and drawbacks of recent and current museum practice are explored. At the same time, the book discusses how these museum practices are received , and informed, by source communities, institutional and governmental agendas and visitors' expectations in order to explore issues of authority, collaboration and shared or conflicting values between the different communities involved in the process. This important book will contribute to the developing body of literature that academics, professionals, policy makers and students can refer to in order to understand how restitution has been negotiated, 'materialised', practiced and evaluated within museums.

Nazi Contraband Book

Nazi Contraband

  • Author : Michael J. Kurtz
  • Publisher : Dissertations-G
  • Release Date : 1985
  • Genre: Art thefts
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015017673842

Nazi Contraband Book Description :

A Mortuary of Books Book

A Mortuary of Books

  • Author : Elisabeth Gallas
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2019-04-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479809875

A Mortuary of Books Book Description :

The astonishing story of the efforts of scholars and activists to rescue Jewish cultural treasures after the Holocaust In March 1946 the American Military Government for Germany established the Offenbach Archival Depot near Frankfurt to store, identify, and restore the huge quantities of Nazi-looted books, archival material, and ritual objects that Army members had found hidden in German caches. These items bore testimony to the cultural genocide that accompanied the Nazis’ systematic acts of mass murder. The depot built a short-lived lieu de memoire—a “mortuary of books,” as the later renowned historian Lucy Dawidowicz called it—with over three million books of Jewish origin coming from nineteen different European countries awaiting restitution. A Mortuary of Books tells the miraculous story of the many Jewish organizations and individuals who, after the war, sought to recover this looted cultural property and return the millions of treasured objects to their rightful owners. Some of the most outstanding Jewish intellectuals of the twentieth century, including Dawidowicz, Hannah Arendt, Salo W. Baron, and Gershom Scholem, were involved in this herculean effort. This led to the creation of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Inc., an international body that acted as the Jewish trustee for heirless property in the American Zone and transferred hundreds of thousands of objects from the Depot to the new centers of Jewish life after the Holocaust. The commitment of these individuals to the restitution of cultural property revealed the importance of cultural objects as symbols of the enduring legacy of those who could not be saved. It also fostered Jewish culture and scholarly life in the postwar world.

From Space to Place Book

From Space to Place

  • Author : Roger Sayre
  • Publisher : UNESCO
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 84
  • ISBN 10 : 9789231042270

From Space to Place Book Description :

Textual, photographic and satellite image information is provided for each site depicted in the atlas. The details of a site's incription into the World Heritage's list are given, along with a brief description by the cultural or natural values for which the site was inscribed. The threats of the site are then described, followed by a brief explanation what is discernible in the satellite imagery that was selected for each site. The 'stories' told in the satellite imagery provide numerous examples of the utility of satellite imagery analysis for World Heritage site management. In certain cases, the main threats that place a World Heritage site in danger are not identifiable in the satellite imagery. In these cases, we have selected imagery which provides an improvement in the general understanding of that site.

The Aidonia treasure Book

The Aidonia treasure

  • Author : Ethnikon Archaiologikon Mouseion (Greece)
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X030281303

The Aidonia treasure Book Description :