Volume 17, No. 1 & 2

January-February 1996

Three Indicted in Sale of Quedlinburg Treasures
— Heirs of the late Joe Tom Meador, the American soldier who shipped the medieval church treasures from Quedlinburg to Whitewright, Texas, in 1945, are arraigned after trying to sell the treasures.

Indictments in Case of Leaves from Petrarch’s Manuscript in the Vatican
— Constance Lowenthal
Anthony Melnikas, a retired art history professor, was indicted January 23, 1996, regarding involvement with stolen manuscript leaves that belonged to the Vatican Library. Two of the leaves were identified by a Princeton professor, James Marrow.

Four Men Sentenced in Theft of Munch’s Scream
— Constance Lowenthal
Four Norwegian men were sentenced in January for their role in the February 12, 1994 theft of Edvard Munch's painting The Scream, recovered in a complex sting operation three months later.

Institutions Form Network to Fight Art Theft in Czech Republic
— Pavel Jirasek
Huge increase in cultural property theft since the lifting of the Iron Curtain (mostly from religious institutions) leads to new security system and a new law regarding the sale and export of cultural objects.

IFAR Staff in Review—1995
Review of IFAR activities.