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Ruling culture, art police, tomb robbers, and the rise of cultural power in Italy, Fiona Greenland - hardcover

"A major, on-the-ground look at antiquities looting in Italy. More looting of ancient art takes place in Italy than in any other country. Ironically, Italy trades on the fact to demonstrate its cultural superiority over other countries. And, more than any other country, Italy takes pains to prevent looting by instituting laws, cultural policies, export taxes, and a famously effective art-crime squad that has been the inspiration of novels, movies, and tv shows. In fact, Italy is widely regarded as having invented the discipline of art policing. In 2006 the then-president of Italy declared his country to be "the world's greatest cultural power." Why do Italians believe this? Why is the patria, or "homeland," so frequently invoked in modern disputes about ancient art, particularly when it comes to matters of repatriation, export, and museum loans? Fiona Greenland's Ruling Culture addresses these questions by tracing the emergence of antiquities as a key source of power in Italy from 1815 to the present. Along the way, it investigates the activities and interactions of three main sets of actors: state officials (including Art Squad agents), archaeologists, and illicit excavators and collectors"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction: the world's greatest cultural power -- Art squad agonistes -- The American price -- Distributing sovereignty : from fascism to the art squad -- Tomb robbers and cultural power from below -- Made in Italy -- Farewell to the tomb robber
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
257 pages, illustrations, map, 23 cm

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