The J. Paul Getty Museum and Italian Officials Announce Agreement to Return First Century B.C. Sculpture to Italy

The J. Paul Getty Museum made its decision to return the Statue of Zeus Enthroned, a 29-inch high marble statuette, following thorough consideration of information provided by Italian officials, including a recently discovered fragment of the statue

On June 14 2017, The J. Paul Getty Museum announced the voluntary return of a marble statuette representing the god Zeus which dates to about 100 B.C. The Museum acquired the sculpture in 1992. 

The ancient sculpture was returned to Italian authorities today at the Getty Center under the supervision of the Italian Consul General for Los Angeles, Antonio Verde

The Museum made its decision to return the Statue of Zeus Enthroned, a 29-inch high marble statuette, following thorough consideration of information provided by Italian officials, including a recently discovered fragment of the statue. 

 

The sculpture may originally have served as a cult statue in a private shrine of a wealthy Greek or Roman home. It appears to have spent a long period of time submerged in the sea and is partly covered in heavy marine incrustations. 

The ancient sculpture was returned to Italian authorities today at the Getty Center under the supervision of the Italian Consul General for Los Angeles, Antonio Verde

“The Getty values greatly its relationships with Italian colleagues in museums and other cultural sectors,” said Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “The decision to return this object continues our practice of working with the Ministry to resolve issues of provenance and ownership of works in our collection in a way that responds to new information as it emerges, and respects the good faith and cultural missions of both parties.” 

 

“We are pleased to work with the Getty to return this fascinating object to the Italian people,” said Dario Franceschini, Italian Culture Minister. 

The sculpture may originally have served as a cult statue in a private shrine of a wealthy Greek or Roman home

Added Nunzio Fragliasso, Naples public prosecutor, “On behalf of the del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, we are delighted to bring Zeus Enthroned home to share with the Italian people and visitors from all over the world who come to learn about Italian history and culture.” 

 

The ancient sculpture was returned to Italian authorities today at the Getty Center under the supervision of the Italian Consul General for Los Angeles, Antonio Verde. Consul General Verde complimented the Getty’s decision to return the object, saying “It is wonderful that the Getty has such a positive working relationship with Italy, both for issues like this one that involve the repatriation of works of art and for special exhibitions and loans which display Italian masterpieces at the Museum.”

Il Museo Getty, il giorno 14 giugno 2017, ha reso nota oggi la restituzione volontaria una statuetta di marmo raffigurante il dio Zeus risalente al primo secolo A.C. Il Museo aveva acquistato tale scultura nel 1992.

La decisione del Museo Getty di restituire “Zeus sul Trono” (statuetta di marmo alta circa 75 centimetri) fa seguito ad una approfondita valutazione delle informazioni fornite dalle autorità italiane competenti, tra le quali va menzionato un frammento della statua stessa recentemente scoperto.

La scultura sarebbe servita in origine da oggetto di culto nel tempietto casalingo di una facoltosa famiglia greca o romana. Sembra che tale statua sia rimasta a lungo sommersa ed è parzialmente coperta da incostrazioni marine

Timothy Potts, Direttore del J.P. Getty Museum, ha dichiarato che “Il Getty attribuisce grande importanza ai propri rapporti con i colleghi italiani operanti sia in ambito museale, sia in altri settori della cultura. La decisione di restituire questo oggetto rientra nella nostra politica di collaborazione con il Ministero [dei Beni e Attivita’ Culturali e Turismo] per la risoluzione di controversie e questioni relative alla provenienza e proprieta’ di oggetti facenti parte della nostra collezione, coerentemente all’emergere di  nuove informazioni, in un contesto di rispetto della buona fede e della missione culturale di entrambe le Istituzioni”

Il Ministro dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali, On. Dario Franceschini, si e’ detto “soddisfatto di aver collaborato con il Getty per poter restiruire quest’oggetto affascinante all’Italia”

Il Procuratore di Napoli, Nunzio Fragliasso, ha dichiarato a nome del Museo Archeologico di Napoli: “siamo lieti di riportare a casa “Zeus sul Trono” per poterlo condividere con tutti gli italiani e con i visitatori che arrivano in Italia da tutto il mondo per apprendere la nostra storia e la nostra cultura.

L’antica scultura e’ stata restituita oggi alle autorità italiane presso il Museo Getty Center di Los Angeles alla presenza del Console Generale d’Italia in Los Angeles, Antonio Verde. Il Console Generale Verde nell’esprimere soddisfazione per la collaborazione assicurata dal Getty che ha consentito la restituzione del reperto ha dichiarato che “E’ davvero incoraggiante come il Getty abbia sviluppato dei rapport così positivi con l’Italia, sia per azioni che, come in questo caso, portano al rimpatrio di oggetti d’arte, sia per progetti culturali riguardanti mostre o prestiti di capolavori italiani al Museo.

 

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