The Medici Conspiracy : The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities-From Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums
by Peter Watson and Cecilia Todeschini


Overview -

The story begins, as stories do in all good thrillers, with a botched robbery and a police chase. Eight Apuleian vases of the fourth century B.C. are discovered in the swimming pool of a German-based art smuggler. More valuable than the recovery of the vases, however, is the discovery of the smuggler's card index detailing his deals and dealers.  Read more...


 
In Stock.

This item is Non-Returnable.
FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 24 copies from $3.45
 
 
 

More About The Medici Conspiracy by Peter Watson; Cecilia Todeschini
 
 
 
Overview

The story begins, as stories do in all good thrillers, with a botched robbery and a police chase. Eight Apuleian vases of the fourth century B.C. are discovered in the swimming pool of a German-based art smuggler. More valuable than the recovery of the vases, however, is the discovery of the smuggler's card index detailing his deals and dealers. It reveals the existence of a web of tombaroli--tomb raiders-- who steal classical artifacts, and a network of dealers and smugglers who spirit them out of Italy and into the hands of wealthy collectors and museums. Peter Watson, a former investigative journalist for the London Sunday Times and author of two previous expos s of art world scandals, names the key figures in this network that has depleted Europe's classical artifacts. Among the loot are the irreplaceable and highly collectable vases of Euphronius, the equivalent in their field of the sculpture of Bernini or the painting of Michelangelo. The narrative leads to the doors of some major institutions: Sothebys, the Getty Museum in L.A., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York among them. Filled with great characters and human drama, The Medici Conspiracy authoritatively exposes another shameful round in one of the oldest games in the world: theft, smuggling and duplicitous dealing, all in the name of art.



This item is Non-Returnable.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781586484385
  • ISBN-10: 1586484389
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publish Date: June 2007
  • Page Count: 407
  • Dimensions: 8.27 x 6.36 x 1.21 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.87 pounds


Related Categories

Books > True Crime > Organized Crime
Books > Architecture > Individual Architects & Firms - General
Books > Law > Forensic Science

 
BAM Customer Reviews