Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Menil Is to Return Frescoes to Cyprus

The Menil Collection in Houston announced on Friday that next year it would return to the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus 13th-century Byzantine frescoes that have been one of the museum’s main attractions for more than a decade.

The philanthropist Dominique de Menil, who founded the museum with her husband, John, and died in 1997, bought the frescoes in 1984 on behalf of the church, after evidence emerged that they had been looted from a Greek Orthodox chapel outside the village of Lysi, in the Turkish-controlled Famagusta district of Cyprus.

More at NY Times

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