- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs (June 11, 2007)
- ISBN-10: 1586484389
- ASIN: B001FWXRDY
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
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The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities-- From Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums Paperback – Bargain Price, June 11, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
In light of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent decision to return a rare—and by the Italian government's contention, stolen—vase painted by the Greek master Euphronios, Watson and Todeschini's colorful account of Giacomo Medici, an antiquities dealer found guilty of looting last year, and his illegal business dealings, is wonderfully prescient. Making sense of a lengthy catalogue of legal, artistic and forensic documentation, the authors meticulously map out Medici's underground network of middlemen and tombaroli, or tomb robbers, and link them to corrupt dealers such as Robin Symes as well as to established cultural institutions including Sotheby's, the John Paul Getty Museum and the Met—asserting that Medici supplied most, if not all, of the major collections of classical antiquities that have been established since WWII. Though Watson (Sotheby's: The Inside Story) and Todeschini often become overly indignant when decrying their story's villains and frequently bog down the narrative with long-winded dialogue and paper trail excerpts, they are at their best when chronicling the international adventures of various investigators, such as the Carabinieri Art Squad's raids on various Italian criminals to recover lost loot. (May)
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The sense of wonder experienced when contemplating the beauty and miraculous survival of an ancient Greek vase will be profoundly altered by this vigorous expose of criminal antiquities dealing. Investigative reporter and art crime specialist Watson and researcher Todeschini chronicle the astonishing exploits of Giacomo Medici, a nefarious Italian antiquities dealer and mastermind, as they accompany Colonel Roberto Conforti, head of the Carabinieri Art Squad, over the course of a complicated eight-year investigation. Writing with the zest and seduction of the finest crime novelists, Watson and Todeschini meticulously explicate every phase of Conforti's operation as he and his dedicated agents gradually unveil a well-organized circle of tomb raiders, smugglers, dealers, and, most shockingly, their scandalously complicit high-profile customers, including renowned collectors, premier auction houses, and world-class institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The authors offer an invaluable primer in antiquities, describe the looting of thousands of ancient tombs and the loss of irreplaceable archaeological sites, skewer disreputable curators, and decry the fate of "some of the finest objects ever produced by humankind" in a dramatic, fascinating, and rightfully indignant report on outrageous avarice and crimes against civilization. Donna Seaman
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Regrettably, and though many points are valid, and quite important, the author fails to balance any other point of view into his book. For instance, who else other then collectors is interested in antiquities and ancient art? Not many people I suspect expect a few students of art history and archeology. Another overlooked point is that collecting basically preceded modern organized archeology and that museums were basically formed only in the last two centuries and basically did not exist in their modern forms when tomb raiding was already an old trade. Another omission that mertis a discussion, is that these high profile cases obscure frequently overlooked fact, and that museums only display a fraction of their collections, and at that only the best highlights, and that if it were not for the vast and sometimes not so impressive private collections, the hundred of thousands of antiquities in private hands would simply have nowhere to go, as no country and no insititution, collectively or individually, possess the resoures to store the,.
In conclusion, the author did a masterful investigative, if somewhat academic, job to recount the Medici criminal enterprise and successefully demonstrated why such an activity damages our knowledge of history, especially Greek and Roman, that are so crucial to our understanding of history. At the same time, the author's crusade against collectors and museums and his oine sided, unequivocal point of view opposing any private collecting of any sort of antiquities, cups and utensils included, lacks the objectivity that would make it a perfect study and results in some fascinating, entertaining, and iformative content to be followed by some uniteresting and tedious chapters.