Criminal Charges in Italy Now in the Past, Former Getty Curator Marion True Opens Up with Her Side of the Story


You may recall hearing the big news back in mid-October that former Getty antiquities curator Marion True had the charges dropped against her in Italy, for both dealing with stolen pieces and for criminal conspiracy, after the statute of limitations had run out. This followed her exoneration in 2007 for similar charges in Greece. During her ordeal in Italy, True stay largely quiet about the case, which was to be expected given the severity of the charges hanging over her head for nearly five full years. Now that it’s all over and some time has passed, she’s published an essay about all of it in The Art Newspaper, entitled “Neither Condemned Nor Vindicated,” wherein she tells her side of the story and blasts Italian courts and investigators for both their knowledge and handling of the case (“There is no right to a speedy trial in Italy, and one is presumed guilty until proven innocent,” she says). Granted, given that it’s a first-person account throws some obvious bias behind it, but if you read one art-based piece this month, make it this one. You’ll be fascinated, angry, confused, and suspicious throughout.