Tomb Raiders and the Italian Art Squad
In collaboration with
NYU Visual Arts Administration Art Book Series
Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia
Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy
(2021, The University of Chicago Press)
in conversation with
Amy Whitaker, NYU Steinhardt
Introduced by Valentina Castellani, NYU Steinhardt
For this episode of Tutti a Casa! Valentina Castellani hosts a conversation between Amy Whitaker and the author of Ruling Culture, Fiona Greenland. Through much of its history, Italy was Europe’s heart of the arts, an artistic playground for foreign elites and powers who bought, sold, and sometimes plundered countless artworks and antiquities. This loss of artifacts looted by other nations once put Italy at an economic and political disadvantage compared with northern European states. Now, more than any other country, Italy asserts control over its cultural heritage through a famously effective art-crime squad that has been the inspiration of novels, movies, and tv shows. In its efforts to bring their cultural artifacts home, Italy has entered into legal battles against some of the world’s major museums, including the Getty, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and the Louvre. It has turned heritage into patrimony capital—a powerful and controversial convergence of art, money, and politics.
In ENGLISH with ITALIAN subtitles.
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