If Getty Returns Art, Italy Drops Suit
Posted Sep 25, 2007 7:37 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
As the J. Paul Getty Museum reconfirmed an earlier pledge to return allegedly stolen works of art, the Italian government promised to drop civil claims against a former museum antiquities curator.
However, an Italian criminal case continues against Marion True, who is now on trial in Rome on charges that she trafficked in stolen art, reports the Los Angeles Times. Authorities claim that the museum purchased works of art after they had been looted and smuggled out of Italy.
As discussed in an earlier ABAJournal.com post, True is the only museum official accused, although the Getty's board reportedly approved the art acquisitions.