Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Italy offers to share disputed statue with Getty Museum - Telegraph This is the "Victorious Youth" bronze, of a young man adjusting what seems to be a wreath on his head. No wonder this thing's provenance is disputed: "The Italian fishermen who found it buried the statue in a cabbage field, then hid it in a priest's bathtub, before it went missing and reappeared in London." I love this statue; I would be sad if it went away from the Getty. However, in light of other recent problems, the Italian politician quoted here may be sarcastic when he says, "I trust that a museum as prestigious as the Getty will show the world that it is a cultural institution that behaves ethically."