Saturday 13 March 2010

IADDA Shows its Colours


The International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA) has published a section of quotes on its website called "A critical eye towards the cultural property discussion" which as David Gill cogently notes: "has helpfully indicated that it is deaf to those who do not hold the now untenable and flawed Cuno position". Most of their quotes are from writings of John Boardman, but also they quote universal museum fans Cuno, MacGregor and de Montebello. Rather pathetically almost all the quotes come from a single book of collected articles, with one other thrown in for good measure.

UPDATE: See now Larry Rothman, The Punching Bag's useful comments on the IADAA's selection of quotes from scholars: "Some scholars' opinions" collated by antiquities dealers .

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