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Pistorius sketch artist not bitter that trial is on TV

Court sketch artist Jaco van Vuuren could be forgiven for feeling a little aggrieved that South Africa's biggest trial in decades is being broadcast live on television around the world. But the ponytailed artist, who trained on the same track as Oscar Pistorius for a decade, says his pictures evoke the atmosphere and drama in the North Gauteng High Court in a way the cameras cannot. "What I'm trying to do is take the viewer to the courtroom, to feel the scenario we feel," Van Vuuren told AFP Thursday.

France returns Nazi-looted art

France on Tuesday returned three paintings seized by the Nazis to their rightful owners, just the tip of the iceberg in a country where nearly 2,000 such artworks remain unclaimed. All works of art identified as having been stolen by the Nazis are kept in French museums that are required to report them and put them on display in the hope that the previous owners, their heirs or assignees will spot and claim them.

France returns Nazi-looted art

France on Tuesday returned three paintings seized by the Nazis to their rightful owners, just the tip of the iceberg in a country where nearly 2,000 such artworks remain unclaimed. All works of art identified as having been stolen by the Nazis are kept in French museums that are required to report them and put them on display in the hope that the previous owners, their heirs or assignees will spot and claim them.

Peru pursues author of graffiti on Inca structure

Lima, Mar 10 (EFE).- Peruvian authorities are looking for the person who sprayed graffiti with an aerosol paint can on the iconic Twelve-Angle Stone in the southern city of Cuzco, media outlets said Monday. The stone is part of a wall along the Hatun Rumiyoc passageway in the historical center of Cuzco, capital of the ancient Inca Empire, and is noteworthy because it is the only one with 12 angles in that structure.

U.S. ad of Michelangelo's David with rifle scandalizes Italy

ROME (Reuters) - Italian cultural officials have threatened court action to stop an American arms manufacturer showing the revered Renaissance statue of Michelangelo's David holding a rifle in its advertising campaign. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini led the battle cry after stories about the ad - describing the weapon as a "work of art" - appeared in Italian newspapers.

France to return Nazi-looted art

France will on Tuesday return three paintings seized by the Nazis to their rightful owners, just the tip of an iceberg in a country where nearly 2,000 such artworks remain unclaimed. All works of art identified as having been stolen by the Nazis are kept in French museums that are required to report them and put them on display in the hope that the previous owners, their heirs or assignees will spot and claim them.

Italy challenges US gun ad using Michelangelo's David

Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini Saturday called for a US guns dealer to withdraw an advertisement using an image of Michelangelo's David -- but with the famed statue holding a bolt-action rifle. "The image of David, armed, offends and infringes the law. We will take action against the American company so that it immediately withdraws its (advertising) campaign," Franceschini tweeted in the afternoon.

Shoppers queue up as China mall shows them the Monets

Hundreds of Chinese art lovers lined up at a Shanghai shopping mall Saturday to see the works of French Impressionist Claude Monet, as the country's biggest ever exhibition of his paintings opened. The 40 Monet works drawn from the private Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris are arranged in chronological order and include some from his emblematic "Water Lilies" series. Organisers hope between 200,000 and 300,000 people will view the three-month show, but will limit daily visitors to 3,000 over security concerns.

Germany sued over suspected looted art found in Munich haul

BERLIN (Reuters) - An 88-year-old U.S. citizen is suing Germany and the state of Bavaria for the return of paintings he says were stolen from his uncle by the Nazis in 1939 and which German authorities uncovered in 2012 among a secret collection of 1,400 art works.

Switzerland returns final looted artifacts to Italy

Switzerland has finalised a 13-year process of returning more than 4,500 ancient artifacts to Italy that were stolen by a criminal gang, the Swiss justice ministry said Thursday. The Alpine country this week repatriated the final 68 looted artifacts to its southern neighbour, ending a restitution process that began in 2001, the ministry said in a statement. "This restitution marks the end of a procedure of judicial mutual assistance that has lasted for years and has allowed for the return of a total of 4,536 objects," it said.
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