Volume 17, No. 11

November 1996

Canadian Court Holds Museum to Its Chartered Purpose
— Aaron M. Milrad
Court rules that the board of the McMichael Collection, its staff, and possibly the Province of Ontario veered away from the original mission of the gallery—to create a collection based on the works of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries and Canadian indigenous peoples. Discussion of implications of the decision

Conservator Dealt Another Blow in Giaquinto Case
— Franklin Feldman
A further development in Erisoty v. Rizik: the court rules that the conservators are not entitled to be compensated for their restoration of the Corrado Giaquinto painting, Winter, that had been in pieces before their restoration, but was then discovered to have been stolen thirty years earlier.

Mafioso Sings of Caravaggio's Destruction
— Constance Lowenthal
Marino Mannoia, a Mafia turncoat and prosecution witness in the trial of Italy's former Prime Minister, describes Caravaggio's Nativity, stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo in 1969, as having been destroyed.

Quedlinburg Trial Aborted
— Constance Lowenthal
The case against the Meadors, the first criminal trial for selling art stolen during World War II, is thrown out on a technicality. Judge rules prosecutor brought in the indictment a day late.

Pre-War Owners of Degas Sue Chicago Collector
— Constance Lowenthal
The Goodmans sue Daniel Searle for the recovery of a Degas monotype they believe the Nazis took from their family.

Medievalist Will Serve Time
— Constance Lowenthal
Judge Susan Dlott of Columbus, Ohio, cites letters from experts in medieval manuscript illumination who wrote to Assistant District Attorney Michael Marous in advance of the sentencing about the defendant's betrayal of trust. Melnikas receives more than the minimum sentence.