Has peace broken out after the trial of Marion True?

17 Nov 2011 8:42 AM | Anonymous

Has peace broken out after the trial of Marion True?

Some in the US museum world take the view that the Italian authorities should take advantage of the apparent truce

By Mauro Lucentini. From Opinion, Issue 229, November 2011
Published online: 17 November 2011

It has been just over a year since the end of the trial in Rome against Marion True, the former Getty curator, for conspiracy to receive illegally excavated antiquities, and more than a year since someone at the public prosecutor’s office in Rome leaked to the New York Times details of the preliminary proceedings against Michael Padgett, curator of ancient art at Princeton University Art Museum, and the formerly New York-based Italian antiquities dealer Edoardo Almagià (see p16).

Since then, however, in contrast to the almost daily battles once waged by the Italian authorities in the US, not so much as a ripple has broken the waters of their relationship with US museums. Does this mean that the Italian assault strategy is being reconsidered and softened?

While many hope so here in the US, this is not the view of Almagià’s defence lawyer in Rome, Carlo Giacchetti, who says there “might be thousands” of reasons for this cessation in hostilities and that he can’t detect any change of heart on the part of the investigating officers.


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