Ethics in Art Dealing: How Should Museums Handle Stolen Art?


Scandal has hit the art world after a former Louvre president, Jean-Luc Martinez, was accused of complicity in fraud and money laundering in connection to the illegal trafficking of Egyptian artifacts. Dubious means of acquiring art are not uncommon in the industry, with similar allegations against New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This case reviews the charges against Martinez and asks students to analyze and discuss the issue from a leadership and ethics perspective.

This case was prepared for inclusion in SAGE Business Cases primarily as a basis for classroom discussion or self-study, and is not meant to illustrate either effective or ineffective management styles. Nothing herein shall be deemed to be an endorsement of any kind. This case is for scholarly, educational, or personal use only within your university, and cannot be forwarded outside the university or used for other commercial purposes.

2023 Sage Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved

You are not authorized to view Teaching Notes. Please contact your librarian for access or sign in to your existing instructor profile.
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles