"Chasing Aphrodite is an epic story that, from the first page, grabs you by the lapels and won’t let go. Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino have penetrated the inner sanctum of one of the world’s most powerful museums, exposing how its caretakers – blinded by greed, arrogance and self-deception – eagerly tapped international networks of criminals in pursuit of the next great masterpiece. It is a breathtaking tale that I guarantee will keep you reading late into the night. - Kurt Eichenwald, author of CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS: A True Story
May I even say that the footnotes at the end are quite interesting.
Or there's the two-faced curator who decries the "avarice" of museums that buy art of dubious origin while she purchases looted antiquities again and again.
Art history on the one hand and art smuggling on the other, it' a well written and documented mystery.
Great item, good service, awesome transaction. Thanks. A+Published 18 days ago by Patrice Carpenter
Hard to believe this behind-the-scenes look at museum politics and acquisition intrigue, international litigation and sheer greed could be such a good read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Happy Shop
Whether you've ever been to the Getty Villa in Malibu or not, you will appreciate learning about the behind-the-scenes maneuvers to get the best art available, regardless of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suanne Huffman
This book was recommended to Neva week ago. It is such a page turner that I did not want to put it down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brendan Nelson and Eleanor Putnam-Farr
Incredible because it says it it is it fact outlines how a major museum ignored signs to acquire looted items.Published 5 months ago by John Benger
Goes fast, well narrated. Not a footnoted history but reads as a credible tale of the tensions in ancient art "discovery," trade and display.Published 5 months ago by Molly Rae
Though tedious at times, I really enjoyed this book. It takes us through the history, champions & villains of the antiquities trade. Read morePublished 6 months ago by a new fan
Although I am a North American archaeologist, I can recall the museum communities specious arguments in the 1980s that they were the true conservators of the world's art regardless... Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Butler
That the museum's acquisitions policies could create such a seedy and highly contested "grab" with such shaky provenance, all as common practice. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bluekidillac2