|Getty Adviser, Bernard Ashmole, Concerned Statue was Looted |
Unknown and Unknown maker, perhaps by a pupil of Lysippos, 'Statue of a Victorious Youth', 300 - 100 B.C. Bronze with copper inlays. (151.5 x 70 x 27.9 cm) 59 5/8 x 27 9/16 x 11 inches. Accession No. 77.AB.30. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA (AP).- An adviser to billionaire J. Paul Getty had concerns about whether an ancient bronze statue destined for Getty's world-famous museum had been properly removed from Italy, it was reported Thursday.
A 1976 letter from now-deceased Getty adviser Bernard Ashmole, an Oxford archaeologist, said museum "exploits" to obtain the ancient Greek work "Victorious Youth" were a "crime." However, the letter cited by the Los Angeles Times makes no specific accusations.
The Italian government has asked a judge there to order the statue seized.
Maurizio Fiorilli, an attorney representing the Italian government, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he hadn't seen the letter, but it could be important to the case.
Fiorilli said he might mention the document in his closing argument Friday in the east coast city of Pesaro. A verdict is expected by the end of the month.
Getty museum attorney Stephen Clark said the sculpture was purchased in good faith in 1977 for $4 million.
Recently, Clark told the judge in Italy that he had reviewed museum files and found no evidence that officials knew the statue was improperly obtained.
"I wouldn't draw the conclusion that this (letter) acknowledges there was some crime," Clark, the Getty's general counsel, told the Times. "Italy has no legal foundation for a claim."
Ashmole wrote to then-museum director Stephen Garrett that the statue was mentioned in a British television show called "The Plunderers."
The museum's "exploits over the bronze statue were also given, but again in such a way as to minimize the crime," Ashmole wrote.
Garrett told the newspaper he did not recall what "crime" Ashmole was referring to in the letter.
The museum filed documents several years ago arguing that Italy has no claim to the piece because it originally was Greek and was found in international waters.
The Getty is one of several museums that in recent years have returned Roman, Greek and Etruscan artifacts that the Italian government suspected were looted and smuggled from the country.
In 2007 the Getty, without admitting any wrongdoing, agreed to return 40 ancient treasures in exchange for the long-term loan of other artifacts.
That didn't include the life-sized bronze "Victorious Youth," also called the "Athlete of Fano." The Greek masterpiece was sculpted between 300 B.C. and 100 B.C. and later carried away by Roman soldiers, but the boat carrying it apparently sank.
The artist is unknown but some scholars believe it was Lysippos, Alexander the Great's personal sculptor.
The statue was found in the nets of Italian fishermen trawling in international waters in 1964. It allegedly was buried in an Italian cabbage patch and hidden in a priest's bathtub before it was taken out of Italy.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
January 15, 2010
Essential Impressionist Works of Art from the Musée d'Orsay Arrive in Madrid
Large-Scale Aluminum Reliefs by Frank Stella at L&M Arts
Picasso Show Marks Kunsthaus Zurich's 100th Birthday
Gagosian Opens First Exhibition Dedicated Exclusively to Philip Taaffe's Graphic Work
Jordan's Tourism Minister Wants Dead Sea Scrolls Back from Israel
Marc Porter Appointed Chairman of Christie's Americas
David Carlson and Michael Dotson at Lawrence Asher Gallery
First Major Presentation for Christopher Williams in Scandinavia
Getty Adviser, Bernard Ashmole, Concerned Statue was Looted
Italian Authorities Recover Euro165 Million in Stolen Art, Relics
Hunt for Bird Mummy in Connecticut Comes Up Empty
Carl Solway Gallery Presents Two Shows by Jay Bolotin & Jerry Uelsmann
Experts Restored Part of Venice's Gothic Palazzo Ducale
Famous Street Sign Among Lots in Annual Gentleman's Library Sale
Guggenheim Foundation Announces Appointments for the Abu Dhabi Project
New Mexico Museum of Art Unveils Recently Donated Works
Program and Special Events Announced for FotoFest 2010 Biennial
Painters of Utah's Red Rock on View at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Norton Simon Announces Exhibition of Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly
Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA to Present the 39th Annual "New Directors/New Films"
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Regrets: Upper Belvedere opens exhibition featuring recent work by Jasper Johns
2.- Swedish-born star of La Dolce Vita, Anita Ekberg, has died in Rome at the age of 83
3.- Swedish archaeologists find rare 2,500-year-old relief depicting two pharaonic deities
4.- 'American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp' opens at the Morris Museum of Art
5.- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum welcomes Nathaniel Silver as Assistant Curator of the Collection
6.- Art Institute names new curator: Rebecca Long will be responsible for Italian and Spanish art
7.- The 'Holy Grail' of electric guitars, the original Les Paul 'Black Beauty' prototype, up for auction at Guernsey's
8.- 10,000 photos taken between 1840 and 1920 from Jerome Manin's collection to be sold
9.- Special Asterix cartoons to honour French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo dead
10.- The art world uncovered: Art travel experiences like you've never seen before
The J. Paul Getty Museum announces acquisition of Northern Renaissance masterpiece
Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute acquire Ed Ruscha photographs and archive
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column at the J. Paul Getty Museum
Getty Museum Displays Stories to Watch: Narrative in Medieval Manuscripts
Getty Museum Displays a Selection of Chinese Photographs Produced Since the 1990s
Getty Museum Displays First Survey of Felice Beato's Long and Varied Photography Career
J. Paul Getty Museum's Statue of Love Goddess Aphrodite Transfer Ends Italy Dispute
Getty Announces Exhibition that Recreates a Day in the Life of an 18th Century Parisian Townhouse
Getty Museum Head of Preparation Bruce Metro Retires Following 30-plus Year Career
Getty Museum Reopens Suite of Sculpture & Decorative Arts Galleries
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|