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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Drusus Head Revisited

Steve Litt reports that the Cleveland Museum of Art is returning a marble head depicting Drusus Minor to Italy because the object was stolen in 1944.

When the Cleveland Museum acquired the ancient piece in 2012, several commentators raised questions about its provenance. Among them were David Gill.

CHL conducted its own research and published a post in August 2012 titled, "Unable to Obtain Documentary Confirmation" - Due Diligence and Questions Posed by the Collecting History of The Cleveland Museum of Art's Drusus Minor Head." The post is worth revisiting in light of this week's repatriation announcement.

Photo source: Cleveland Museum of Art

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