PILLAGES AND RESTITUTIONS
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Restitutions and Emotions: A Few Reflections for a Long-Term Approach
Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis
Through her fundamental work on the despoliation of artworks, Bénédicte Savoy reminds us that this has been an issue of importance for people’s memories since the time of Antiquity. In fact, it already was such an issue in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. In the present text, Savoy brings out for us the recurring motifs in debates over seizures and restitutions and shows us that time does not soothe tensions but, rather, exacerbates them. In this respect, the arts are hand in glove with many other things they embody—a sort of precipitate of history.