Let’s Make A Deal

In an effort to resolve amicably a dispute over looted antiquities, Italian authorities have offered a deal to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. “If accepted, the deal would be similar to that struck earlier this year by the Italians with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Met agreed in February to return six objects –including the famous, 2,500-year-old Euphronios krater. In return, the Met will receive objects ‘of equivalent beauty and importance’ for as long as four years, the longest Italian law will allow. In addition, the Italians will permit the Met to conduct archeological digs in Italy, and to take out loans of works discovered.”