Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum
ISBN: 0151015015
EAN13: 9780151015016
Language: English
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.40" H x 9.10" L x 6.20" W
Weight: 1.40 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
Book Overview
Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records and frank interviews, Felch and Frammolino give a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum and tell the story of the Getty's dealings in the illegal antiquities trade. Fast-paced and compelling, Chasing Aphrodite exposes the layer of dirt beneath the polished facade of the museum business.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) }ADVANCE PRAISE FOR CHASING APHRODITE Chasing Aphrodite is an epic story that, from the first page, grabs you by the lapels and won t let go. Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino have penetrated the inner sanctum of one of the world s most powerful museums, exposing how its caretakers blinded by greed, arrogance and self-deception eagerly tapped international networks of criminals in pursuit of the next great masterpiece. It is a breathtaking tale that I guarantee will keep you reading late into the night. Kurt Eichenwald, author of CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS: A TRUE STORY America s great art museums are the last sacred cows of our culture. It takes a special sort of intrepid investigator backed by a courageous organization to uncover the secrets and lies of these quasi-public institutions and the private agendas of their wealthy and influential patrons. Chasing Aphrodite, by the Los Angeles Times reporters Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, is the result of one such rare convergence. A scary, true tale of the blinding allure of great art and the power of the wealth that covets it, it is also an inspiring example of the only greater power: the truth. Michael Gross, author of Rogues Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money That Made the Metropolitan Museum A thrilling, well-researched book that offers readers a glimpse into the back-room dealings of a world-class museum and the illegal trade of looted antiquities. Chasing Aphrodite should not be missed. Ulrich Boser, author of The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World s Largest Unsolved Art Theft An astonishing and penetrating look into a veiled world where beauty and art are in constant competition with greed and hypocrisy. This engaging book will cast a fresh light on many of those gleaming objects you see in art museums. Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting
From the front Cover A brilliantly told, richly detailed, and vitally important account of how one of America s top cultural institutions spent millions buying treasures stolen from ancient graves and then spent millions more trying to deny it. In the hands of Felch and Frammolino, the story gathers a riveting momentum as the Getty moves from one ethical smashup to another. The authors present an astonishing array of evidence, yet they are scrupulously balanced and keenly sensitive to the nuances of the cultural property debate. Even if you think you know the story of the Getty, read this book. You won t know whether to laugh or to cry, but you will be enthralled. Roger Atwood, author of Stealing History A wealthy recluse founder; a cagey Italian art thief; a playboy curator; a narcissist CEO the outlandish characters and bad behavior could come straight from the pages of a thriller. But the scandal of looted antiquities at the wealthy Getty Museum is all too real, as are its chilling effects on the rest of the art world. Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino were the first to report on the revelations that the Getty had bought looted antiquities for decades. Now, drawing on a trove of confidential records and frank interviews, they give us a fly-on-the-wall account of the Getty s dealings in the illegal antiquities trade, revealing the inner workings of one world-class museum and tracing the reverberations of the scandal on others many of which have given up their finest pieces of classical art as a result of the upheaval, returning antiquities worth over half a billion dollars to the governments of Italy and Greece. Fast-paced and compelling, Chasing Aphrodite exposes the layer of dirt beneath the polished facade of the museum business.