Farewell, “Victorious Youth”–Getty Bronze Statue Headed Back to Italy

Getty BronzeFrom AOL News:

The J. Paul Getty Museum says it will “vigorously defend” its right to hold on to an ancient Greek statue that an Italian court ruled should be seized and returned to Italy.

The “Victorious Youth” bronze statue, better known as the Getty Bronze, was unexpectedly dredged from the sea in 1964 by a fishing trawler from Fano, Italy, a few miles south of Pesaro, where the court ruling was made Thursday.

The life-size statue, probably looted by the Romans, dates from the second or third century B.C. and is widely regarded as one of the finest Greek originals to have survived. The Italians claim it was smuggled out of Italy without the proper export papers, but the Getty says it bought the statue for $4 million through legal channels in 1977. [MORE]

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