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At the Grand Palais: Istanbul exhibit seeks to reveal city's soul to Parisian public

Associated Press / October 22nd, 2009

The glories of Istanbul have arrived in Paris. From white marble statues of Greek and Roman gods to gleaming medieval Christian icons to a huge red Ottoman tent, an exhibition devoted to Istanbul seeks to expand French awareness of the city's multicultural heritage in a country deeply skeptical ...

Angered over Antiquities: Egypt demands return of Nefertiti

New York Times Art / October 18th, 2009

Celebrations of the reopening of the Neues Museum in Berlin have been marred by a dispute over a 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti. Egypt is demanding the return of antiquities from major museums worldwide, including the Louvre and British Museum...

Reclaiming Relics: Egypt demands artifacts’ return, cuts ties with Louvre

New York Times Art / October 8th, 2009

The nation’s antiquities department says reliefs in the possession of the French museum were stolen in the 1980s from an ancient Egyptian tomb. Egypt also seeks the return of the 3,300- year-old bust of Nefertiti, the wife of the famed monotheistic pharaoh Akhenaten, which has been recently moved ...

Perennially Popular: This Weekend's Merchandise Mart Antiques Fair

Pioneer Local / September 30th, 2009

CHICAGO - Two local antique dealers are looking forward to showcasing their finds at the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, Oct. 2-5. Margaret Chung of Three Friends Studio is riding the market high for Chinese antiquities. Her stand will present a sandstone triad with a Buddha figure ...

Taste for the Imaginary: Ancient Roman homeowners liked a touch of fantasy in their frescoes

The Associated Press / September 23rd, 2009

ROME — Frescoes that once adorned Roman villas are going on display in a new exhibit that shows the tastes of ancient Rome's wealthy through landscapes and the representation of gods and goddesses. The exhibit "Roman Imperial Painting," which opens today, is at the Scuderie del Quirinale, a ...

Collecting Fine China: Antiquities market has a new dynamic

Forbes / September 10th, 2009

The market for ancient Chinese works of art--terra-cotta horses, ceramic vessels, bronzes, jades, and Buddha statues that predate the Tang dynasty (a.d. 618 to 907)--is largely undervalued, and there's still a plentiful supply, from rarities with significant provenance to pieces that simply make ...

Roman Ruins Re-hashed: German discovery of 2,000-yr-old horse statue

Reuters / August 27th, 2009

BERLIN (Reuters) - German archaeologists on Thursday unveiled a bronze and gold horse's head they said was believed to be a remnant of a 2000-year-old Roman statue. A team digging at a former Roman town near Waldgirmes in central Germany found the life-sized head along with the foot of a rider on ...

Behold the Barbarians' Loot: £1m Viking hoard exhibited for first time

London Times / August 27th, 2009

The largest and most important Viking hoard of jewels and coins found in Britain for over 150 years has gone on display for the first time. Unearthed by a father and son team of treasure hunters in a field, their 2007 find of 617 coins and gilt goodies is dated at more than 1,000 years old. The ...

Swell Summerhouse: Coliseum-builder's own ruins

Bloomberg / August 6th, 2009

Italian archeologists may have uncovered the summer villa of the Roman Emperor Vespasian near his birthplace in the mountains northeast of Rome, La Stampa newspaper reported.

'The Chimaera of Arezzo' at the Getty Villa

LA Times Arts / August 4th, 2009

The Getty features an exhibition featuring the masterpiece of Etruscan bronzework known as the Chimaera of Arezzo and traces the myth of Bellerophon and the Chimaera over five centuries of classical art.  

Boy-king Blockbuster: King Tut dazzles again

Robb Report Blog / July 28th, 2009

San Francisco’s de Young Museum is delighting visitors with the exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," on display through March 2010. For those who remember the 1970's blockbuster Tut exhibit in New York, this popular show is a deja vu, drawing huge crowds and rave ...