Episode 5: Return to Sender

On the program today we tackle the big question of repatriation and the decades-long debates involving some famous antiquities returned to Italy from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: the Euphronios Krater (pictured) and the Morgantina Silver.

More to see, read, and hear:

On the krater:

Brodie, Neil. “Euphronios (Sarpedon) Krater.” Trafficking Culture, September 6, 2012. https://traffickingculture.org/encyclopedia/case-studies/euphronios-sarpedon-krater/

Edgers, Geoff and Sofia Celeste. “Case in Italy suggests MFA received stolen art, Museum says it received no proof.” The Boston Globe, November 4, 2005.  http://archive.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/11/04/case_in_italy_suggests_mfa_received_stolen_art/.

Hoving, Thomas. Making the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.

Kennedy, Randy and Hugh Eakin. “Met Chief, Unbowed, Defends Museum’s Role.” New York Times, February 28, 2006. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/28/arts/28mont.html.

Silver, Vernon. The Lost Chalice. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

Spivey, Nigel. The Sarpedon Krater: The Life and Afterlife of a Greek Vase. London: Head of Zeus, 2018. https://headofzeus.com/books/9781786691606.

Watson, Peter and Cecilia Todeschini. The Medici Conspiracy. New York: Public Affairs, 2007.

On the silver:

Felch, Jason and Ralph Frammolino. Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt, 2011.

The Met. “Statement by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on its Agreement with Italian Ministry of Culture.” Press, February 21, 2006. https://www.metmuseum.org/press/news/2006/statement-by-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-on-its-agreement-with-italian-ministry-of-culture.

Povoledo, Elisabetta. “A Trove of Ancient Silver Said to Be Stolen Returns to Its Home in Sicily.” The New York Times, December 5, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/06/arts/design/06silver.html.

Singleton, Maura. “Plunder: The Theft of the Morgantina Silver.” VIRGINIA Magazine, Spring 2006. http://uvamagazine.org/articles/plunder.

Steele, Chauncey D. “The Morgantina Treasure: Italy’s Quest for Repatriation of Looted Artifacts.” Suffolk Transnational Law Review 23 (July 2000):1-27.

Stone, Shelley C. “Appendix 4: The Morgantina Silver Treasure.” In Morgantina Studies, Volume VI: The Hellenistic and Roman Fine Pottery, edited by Shelley C. Stone, 458-461. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

Thomas, Suzie. “Morgantina Silver.” Trafficking Culture, November 26, 2012. http://traffickingculture.org/encyclopedia/case-studies/morgantina-silver/.

On repatriation:

La Follette, Laetitia. “Looted Antiquities, Art Museums and Restitution in the United States since 1970.” Journal of Contemporary History 52.3 (2017): 669–687. (Published online July 2016 by Sage Journals online at DOI: 10.1177/0022009416641198 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0022009416641198).

La Follette, Laetitia. “The Trial of Marion True and Changing Policies for Classical Antiquities in American Museums.” In Laetitia La Follette (ed.), Negotiating Culture: Heritage, Ownership, and Intellectual Property, 39–71. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.

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Special thanks to Emily Stegner for her work on these citations.


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