The diplomat and lawyer who helped write the treaty used around the world to guide restitution claims is representing the family of a childhood friend, which has been sued to surrender a painting.
Scholars are increasingly focusing attention on the seizure and excavation of antiquities from Greece and other countries by German forces during World War II.
“Why would you want to own something that was stolen?” said James H. Clark, who investigators said had been persuaded to buy dozens of looted items by a rogue dealer.
Holdings from Ancient Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa come together in a masterpiece show. Now the Met should make clear how the wondrous works got here.
Lovers of Edmund de Waal’s book can get close to that netsuke in a compelling show of objects that endured across a century of violence, discrimination and dispossession.
Some experts hope the reopening of the museum in Kabul is a sign the Islamic regime will show greater tolerance toward art. Others worry it is all optics.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office is repatriating 200 objects it confiscated from major museums and collections. Many were tied to one dealer.
The hedge fund pioneer is barred for life from buying more antiquities. He turned over 180 stolen objects that had decorated his homes and office.
Officials plan to use evidence from the former looter known as Lion as they seek the return of stolen objects from museums and private collections.
A Homeland Security investigation had discovered funerary objects, Neolithic relics and more in a shipping container in 2009.
A Cambodian temple looter, who says more than 100 artifacts he stole are in museums around the world, is working to help reclaim them.
Investigators have seized so many looted artifacts — more than 3,000 — that storing and caring for them until they can be returned is now a full-time job.
In just the past year, volunteers working for the Nepal Heritage Recovery Campaign have played a role in the return of seven artifacts.
The return to Benin of 26 ransacked objects will be the first large-scale act of restitution to Africa by a former European colonial power.
The country’s culture minister cites new evidence, including the account of a reformed looter, to assert that numerous artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were stolen from ancient sites.
Designing a show at the Jewish Museum in New York has illuminated corners of hidden history in her life, the architect says. “Edmund dug into his past. I didn’t. I couldn’t bear it.”
Christie’s estimates the work could fetch as much as $30 million, and is being sold under the terms of an agreement between the current owner and the heirs of Jewish collectors who once owned it.
The owner of a longtime Manhattan gallery said in court that while some customers thought they were buying ancient items, they were actually modern knockoffs, just made to look old.
The Kunsthaus Zurich built an extension to display masterpieces from a private Swiss collection. But critics say the works are tainted by the source of their owner’s wealth.
The subject is one of the gravest topics in art history. I came for the lost stories of Jewish collectors. Where were they?
A German foundation, which holds Liebermann’s portrait of his wife and two other works from the Jewish artist’s collection, will retain them but is paying a settlement.
The director of the national museum in Kabul said Taliban guards have been posted there, but cultural preservationists still recall the destruction of prior years.
A fight over a landscape painting bought for Hitler is focused on the question of whether its sale was voluntary or forced by economic distress the Nazis helped create.
Emmanuelle Polack is the face of the French museum’s efforts to return stolen works. But some discoveries have put her employer in an awkward situation.
The case of Curt Glaser, an art historian who sold his collection before fleeing Germany, illustrates how differently museums can respond to similar restitution claims.
When British soldiers stole the treasured works in 1897, it left a gaping hole in an ancient culture. With a few set to return to Nigeria, can their meaning be restored, too?
Christopher A. Marinello, who has recovered more than $515 million worth of art and artifacts, is increasingly being called upon to recover luxury timepieces.
The museum, which has some 160 items from Benin City, becomes the latest institution to announce the restitution of some of the priceless artifacts.
His art seizures paved the way for similar French excesses in Africa a century later. Yet the return of some treasures after his defeat set a model for museums today.
Officials have refused to refer a dispute over the work held by the state painting collections to a national commission created to review claims of art lost in the Nazi era.
The painting, long the subject of an ownership dispute, will be given to the University of Oklahoma with plans for title to be transferred later, likely to a French institution.
They claim that the painting, “The Anse des Pilotes, Le Havre,” was taken from their ancestors by the Nazis, and have filed a lawsuit in Atlanta to recover it.
A bench trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan concerns an ancient idol held by Christie’s.
The only painting by Gustav Klimt in the country’s national collection will be returned to the family of a Jewish woman who was forced to sell it. She died in the Holocaust.
Menachem Kaiser writes about his efforts to reclaim an apartment building in Poland that his family owned before the war.
At the end of May 1983, two pieces of Italian Renaissance armor went missing. The circumstances around their disappearance still remain a mystery.
Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.
The records of a Jewish community in Romania that was almost annihilated during the Holocaust are viewed as essential to reconstructing its history.
In a unanimous ruling, the court said a federal law bars suits against foreign governments accused of expropriating their own citizens’ property.
Roméo Mivekannin’s great-great-grandfather was an African king whose treasures were looted by colonial forces. As France prepares to return some of the artifacts, the painter is examining how the past shaped his own identity.
Douglas Latchford, a scholar of Khmer antiquities who was accused of trafficking in looted artifacts, bequeathed his world-class collection to his daughter. She has returned it to Cambodia.
The instrument’s holders refuse to compensate the heirs of a Jewish music dealer, jeopardizing a system for restitution that has been in place for nearly two decades.
The Nebra sky disk, which has been called the oldest known depiction of astronomical phenomena, is a “very emotional object.”
Over nearly a decade, Jonathan Petropoulos met dozens of times with a man who helped the Nazis loot Jewish art collections, a complicated relationship he explores in “Göring’s Man in Paris.”
Regulators have long worried that the secrecy of the antiquities trade, where buyers and sellers are seldom identified, made it an easy way to launder money.
A painting by the French Impressionist artist, with a back story of plunder and family tragedy, is at the center of courtroom battles on both sides of the Atlantic.
A modest ceremony inaugurated the troubled museum, one of the most expensive and ambitious culture projects in Europe. The only thing is, you can’t go in.
A recent finding of fault with a Restitution Commissions panel had led the heirs to hope that the court might find for them and return the painting.
The justices struggled to decide whether a 1976 law that bars most suits against other nations allows Jewish victims to sue over the theft of their property.
A review commissioned by the Dutch culture minister found that the country’s art restitution panel showed too little empathy to victims of Nazi aggression and sided too often with museums.