Archive for November, 2013

Catacomb of Priscilla online

November 20, 2013

After 5-years of restoration work, the catacombs on Via Salaria in Rome have 1549c84c-6415-4805-acb4-0e9042c75845_RTX15KB6been re-opened to the public by the Vatican.  Using laser technology, the frescoes were cleaned and the sarcophagi fragments re-housed in a new museum.  Now you can take a virtual tour of the Catacombs of Priscilla.
For more information, including new research suggesting women served as priests in early Christianity, click here.

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Lost Art Internet Database

November 13, 2013

With news of the recent discoveryLost Art DB of looted masterpieces hidden in a Munich apartment still fresh in our minds, we thought it would be good to remind everyone of the Lost Art Database. The Lost Art Database was established by the German government to register cultural objects which were relocated, moved or seized during World War II and the Nazi dictatorship. The Database was a response to the Washington Principles established during the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets (Washington D.C., December 3, 1998. You can read pdf of the program and statements here) that called on governments to identify confiscated art, establish a central registry, facilitate open access to documents that will enable identification of confiscated materials, return confiscated assets to pre-War owners and encourage nations to develop mechanisms for resolving ownership issues. The Database allows users to search for lost assets and register cultural objects known to have been taken illegally.