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Imperialism, Art and Restitution

Edited by: John Henry Merryman

ISBN13: 9780521859295
ISBN: 0521859298
Published: August 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Price on Application
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780521123877



The issue of returning art and cultural property removed from explored or conquered lands by Americans and Europeans is an unresolved problem. This book is about the return, or not, of works of art and antiquity taken during the Age of Imperialism and now held in museums and private collections.

Arguments put forth by the states seeking return or restitution for lost art treasures and meaningful cultural icons are pitted against conservator interests who maintain that these art treasures and cultural artifacts belong to all humanity and should be preserved in museums. In this volume, scholars and authorities on art, cultural property law and museum collections offer contrasting views on topics such as the Elgin Marbles, the return of the Nefertiti Bust and the problems and progress of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Subjects:
Art and Cultural Heritage Law
Contents:
Foreword John O. Haley
Introduction John Henry Merryman
1. View from the universal museum James Cuno
2. From global pillage to pillars of collaboration Talat Halman
3. Museums as centers of cultural understanding Willard L. Boyd
4. The Parthenon and the Elgin Marbles William St. Clair
5. Whither the Elgin Marbles? John Henry Merryman
6. The beautiful one has come - to return: the return of the bust of Nefertiti from Berlin to Cairo Kurt Siehr
7. The beautiful one has come - to stay Stephen Urice
8. NAGPRA from the middle distance: reflections on a tangled web of institutional process and intercultural justice Michael F. Brown
9. Finders and keepers and deep American history: some lessons in dispute resolution David Hurst Thomas.