Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Collecting the Past and Illuminating the Future

Philippe de Montebello, the director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, lectured last week on antiquities collecting and will be giving the same lecture on December 7th.

"... the Director traces the history of collecting antiquities from the moment of their creation to the present day."

"... he discusses the growth of independent states and patrimony laws in the 20th century and the present controversies that have pitted source countries, archaeologists, curators, and collectors against each other. Mr. de Montebello concludes with an analysis of today's situation and the implications for the future of the Metropolitan's agreement with the Italian Government."

Last week's lecture was reviewed by The New York Sun.

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