Italy and the Getty Museum may finally enter a new age of peace as an Italian governor from the region of Marche offers a resolution to the continuing dispute over allegedly looted priceless antiquities.
Italy claims items displayed in the J. Paul Getty Museum were looted from their country, according to the City News Service.
The plan was termed to be “an innovative peace treaty in the long-raging battle with the Pacific Palisades-based J. Paul Getty Museum over antiquities that Italy claims are rightfully theirs and were illicitly trafficked and sold to the Getty,” CNS reported.
Ron Hartwig , vice president of communications for the Getty, said that the museum has expressed interest in deepening the roadmap, in accordance with the agreements signed with the Italian Ministry of Culture, according to Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata, a news wire service in Italy.
The Italian Governor Mario Spacca’s announcement comes several weeks after the statue called “Aphrodite,'' a centerpiece of the museum’s collection, was delivered back to Italy after being on display for more than 10 years.
The statue was purchased by the Getty in 1988 for $18 million and it was the iconic centerpiece for which the museum built its cultural force and reputation. However, Italy claimed the statue was stolen and it was consequently transported back to Italy two weeks ago, reported CNS.
The delivery did not resolve the matter as both parties are still locked in a dispute over another antiquity—a 2300 year-old bronze statue called “Victorious Youth” or “Atleta di Fano” in Italian.
“Gov. Spacca will appeal to the museum to act in an ethical manner befitting a world-class cultural institution and quickly resolve the conflict,'' said Spacca’s publicist to CNS on Sunday.
City News Service contributed to this Report
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