LETTER OF SEMINAR 60
 

ARTS & SOCIETIES

Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

PILLAGES AND RESTITUTIONS
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Bénédicte Savoy
" You Were Sending out, This Way and That, Paintings ... "
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

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                  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.


Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


  ISSN 2268-3119    

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