By Peter Watson, Cecilia Todeschini
The tale starts, as tales do in all solid thrillers, with a botched theft and a police chase. 8 Apuleian vases of the fourth century B.C. are stumbled on within the swimming pool of a German-based paintings smuggler. extra necessary than the restoration of the vases, in spite of the fact that, is the invention of the smuggler's card index detailing his bargains and buyers. It unearths the life of an online of tombaroli—tomb raiders— who scouse borrow classical artifacts, and a community of buyers and smugglers who spirit them out of Italy and into the palms of rich creditors and museums. Peter Watson, a former investigative journalist for the London Sunday instances and writer of 2 earlier exposés of artwork international scandals, names the major figures during this community that has depleted Europe's classical artifacts. one of the loot are the irreplaceable and hugely collectable vases of Euphronius, the an identical of their box of the sculpture of Bernini or the portray of Michelangelo. The narrative ends up in the doorways of a few significant associations: Sothebys, the Getty Museum in L.A., the Museum of excellent Arts in Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of artwork in long island between them. full of nice characters and human drama, The Medici Conspiracy authoritatively exposes one other shameful around in a single of the oldest video games on the earth: robbery, smuggling and duplicitous dealing, all within the identify of paintings.