Cleveland Museum of Art will return tainted antiquities to Italy

The Cleveland Museum of Art on Wednesday will hand over to Italian authorities 14 artworks allegedly tainted by illegal activity in Europe.

The transfer honors an historic agreement, reached last November, in which Italy said the objects had been looted, stolen or handled by traffickers before the museum innocently acquired them by gift or purchase between 1975 and 1996.

Timothy Rub, director of the Cleveland museum, called the agreement with Italy "open and fair and equitable to all parties. I was pleased then, and still am, that we reached a conclusion that was just that."

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