On the subject of art repatriation

Around the day the Louvre announces the Mona Lisa is to return to Florence then we can discuss other matters.

Nope, that that’s different doesn’t wash. The difference is as with Gibraltar and Cueta – not a difference.

5 thoughts on “On the subject of art repatriation”

  1. One does wonder how much loot was used to produce all art, both ancient and modern. For example the pharaohs would put lots of lovely gold toys into their tombs. The tomb robbers would swipe it, put it back into circulation, the tax gathers would steal it, and into another tomb it’d go again.

    Of course if this is the Elgin marbles again, Elgin was permitted by the government of the day to take them. The inhabitants of Athens had been looting —–oops recycling the stuff their city was made of for millennia. I’m sure the wise and wonderful woke wouldn’t be so awfully Islamophobic as to say that the Turkish rulers of Athens didn’t have the right to dispose of images that were forbidden by their religion just because they were murderous Mahometan monsters.

  2. The Mona Lisa seems to have been started on in Florence but finished in Amboise, while Leonardo was painter-in-residence for the king of France. Leonardo willed the painting to an assistant who sold it to the king. If the Italians want the picture “back” the reply should be a suggestion to combine sex and travel.

  3. Elgin was permitted by the government of the day to take them.

    Not quite. Elgin purchased them, for a pretty eye-watering sum, from the legal government of the day.

  4. Return the Bayeux tapestry to England?

    Return the Book of Kells to Scotland?

    Not a chance.

    Send the Elgin Marbles to Elgin? That might be a runner.

  5. Kjeirlef
    “The Mona Lisa seems to have been started on in Florence but finished in Amboise, while Leonardo was painter-in-residence for the king of France.”

    i think the change of location still had to do with king of france clumping around italy with his army, not just plucking the best art but the best talent too,

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