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Emboldened by the J Paul Getty Museum's move to return two prized antiquities to Greek ownership, Athens had decided to demand more repatriations, said the culture minister, Giorgos Voulgarakis. A list is being made of items believed to have been illicitly removed. Archaeologists and police will scour catalogues, museums, and private collections, and study documents in Greece and abroad. Byzantine icons as well as archaic and classical antiquities are expected to be among contested items.

The move was announced 24 hours after Greece's accord with the Getty.

The Thrilling Gardner Museum Heist

The Los Angeles-based institution agreed to surrender the two sculptures - an ornate 2,year-old black limestone grave marker, and an archaic votive relief portraying two women bearing gifts to a goddess - after negotiations with Athens lasting less than three months. The relief was stolen from the French archaeological school on the island of Thassos at the turn of the 20th century. It had been of special importance to the museum because of its association with J Paul Getty. The oil tycoon bought it to adorn his personal collection in The tombstone, engraved with the image of a dead warrior with the name Athanias, was illegally excavated near Thebes between and He informed security, who assumed the curatorial staff had taken her to be photographed, and thus no one was immediately alarmed.

As far as the curatorial staff knew, she was in her regular spot.

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The Mona Lisa has left. She was gone for two years and eventually turned up at a hotel in Florence, where the curator of the Uffizi recognized the lady for who she was. The initial suspects: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinare, members of the avant guard art scene, though they were later exonerated. Art history is, as you can see, like so many other things in life, complicated, the answers often leading to more questions.

Art theft, in particular, is a fascinating field for expert and layperson alike. I hope one of these books helps you find your own rabbit hole.

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Saved Searches Advanced Search. Browse Browse, collapsed Browse. By Audience Kids Teens. Skip Sidebar Navigation. Primary Characters Liesel Meminger is the book thief. She is 9 years old at the beginning of the story, when after the death of her brother she is taken in by the Hubermann family. Once a reluctant soldier during World War I, he is a house painter and accordionist. He teaches Liesel to read. She washes and irons clothing for the wealthy people of Molching. He is one of six children and is obsessed with American track athlete Jesse Owens.

Secondary Characters listed in alphabetical order by last name Klaus Behrig is a neighborhood boy. Liesel runs into him on purpose during a game of soccer. Arthur Berg is the leader of a group of young thieves who steal food.


He shows kindness to Liesel and Rudy, and proves to be fair. He is cruel to the others. Frau Diller is the owner of the corner shop and a fervent Nazi sympathizer.