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Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum
Hardcover - English

Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records and frank interviews, Felch and Frammolino give a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum and tell the story of the Getty's dealings in the illegal antiquities trade. Fast-paced and compelling, "Chasing Aphrodite" exposes the layer of dirt beneath the polished facade of the museum business. ...In recent years, several of America's leading art museums have voluntarily given up their finest pieces of classical art to the governments of Italy and Greece. The monetary value is estimated at over half a billion dollars. Why would they be moved to such unheard-of generosity?

The answer lies at the Getty, one of the world's richest and most troubled museums, and scandalous revelations that it had been buying looted antiquities for decades. Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records and frank interviews, Felch and Frammolino give us a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum and tell the story of the Getty's dealings in the illegal antiquities trade. The outlandish characters and bad behavior could come straight from the pages of a thriller--the wealthy recluse founder, the cagey Italian art investigator, the playboy curator, the narcissist CEO--but their chilling effects on the rest of the art world have been all too real, as the authors show in novelistic detail.

Fast-paced and compelling, Chasing Aphrodite exposes the layer of dirt beneath the polished fa ade of the museum business.

...A brilliantly told, richly detailed, and vitally important account of how one of America s top cultural institutions spent millions buying treasures stolen from ancient graves and then spent millions more trying to deny it. In the hands of Felch and Frammolino, the story gathers a riveting momentum as the Getty moves from one ethical smashup to another. The authors present an astonishing array of evidence, yet they are scrupulously balanced and keenly sensitive to the nuances of the cultural property debate. Even if you think you know the story of the Getty, read this book. You won t know whether to laugh or to cry, but you will be enthralled. Roger Atwood, author of Stealing History

A wealthy recluse founder; a cagey Italian art thief; a playboy curator; a narcissist CEO the outlandish characters and bad behavior could come straight from the pages of a thriller. But the scandal of looted antiquities at the wealthy Getty Museum is all too real, as are its chilling effects on the rest of the art world.

Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino were the first to report on the revelations that the Getty had bought looted antiquities for decades. Now, drawing on a trove of confidential records and frank interviews, they give us a fly-on-the-wall account of the Getty s dealings in the illegal antiquities trade, revealing the inner workings of one world-class museum and tracing the reverberations of the scandal on others many of which have given up their finest pieces of classical art as a result of the upheaval, returning antiquities worth over half a billion dollars to the governments of Italy and Greece.

Fast-paced and compelling, Chasing Aphrodite exposes the layer of dirt beneath the polished facade of the museum business."

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
EAN
9780151015016
Publication Date
24/05/2011
Pages
375
Dimension
23.65cm x 15.98cm x 3.12cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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Felch, Jason
JASON FELCH is an investigative reporter with the Los Angeles Times. In 2006 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for exposing the role of the J. Paul Getty Museum and other American museums in the black market for looted antiquities. His work has also been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Education Writers Association, the National Association of Science Writers, and the Society for Environmental Journalism. He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife and son.


Frammolino, Ralph
RALPH FRAMMOLINO reported for nearly 25 years at the Los Angeles Times, where he and former colleague Jason Felch were finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their articles about the J. Paul Getty Museum and looted antiquities. His work has also appeared in the New York Times and the Columbia Journalism Review. Frammolino is now a media consultant for various aid projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, where he trains working journalists on investigative reporting techniques and right to information laws.

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