The Medici Conspiracy
Organized Crime, Looted Antiquities, Rogue Museums
This item is unavailable.
We will email you if this item comes back into stock.
|Format:||Hardback, 379 pages|
|Other Information: ||16pp b&w photographs|
|Published In: ||United States, 06 July 2006|
This true-life thriller completely exposes the network behind the illegal trade in ancient artefacts - and features a rich cast of rogues and some of the world's prestigious art institutions. 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 BC 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 artefacts, 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 Sunday Times", and author of two previous exposes of art world scandals, names the key figures in this network that has depleted Europe's classical artefacts. 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 including Sotheby's, the Getty Museum in LA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 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.
About the Author
Peter Watson writes for the New York Times, and has written weekly columns for The Times, Observer and Evening Standard. In June 1997 he was appointed Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University. He is the author of The Caravaggio Conspiracy: From Manet to Manhattan, and Sotheby's: The Inside Story. Cecilia Todeschini is a researcher and translator who has worked for the BBC, ITV, CBS, ABS and NBC. She has covered papal conclaves and the great mafia trials in Italy among many other subjects.
|Dimensions: ||24.13 x 18.39 x 3.28 centimetres (0.73 kg)|