Italian Court Says the Getty’s Prized Ancient Bronze Should Be Seized
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Italian Court Says the Getty’s Prized Ancient Bronze Should Be Seized

An Italian court has ruled that this Greek bronze, known as “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” rescued from the ocean decades ago and long on display at the Getty Villa, should be returned to Italy. It is a Greek statue, but it was found in the open waters of the Adriatic by Italian fishermen. It now stands in the Getty Villa, a museum in Los Angeles. Which country is the rightful home for the so-called Getty Bronze? An Italian court ruled this month it belongs to Italy, and should return there, but that is only the latest chapter in an extended legal battle over the work, also known as “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” that has stretched out for more than a decade. The statue, described as “priceless” by the Getty, is thought to have either been inspired or created by Lysippus, the renowned Greek sculptor, and is dated to roughly 300 to 100 B.C. The naked athlete depicted stands around five feet tall, his weight shifted onto his right leg. His right arm is raised near his head, as if he is admiring the crown on his head. In recent months, the statue was moved from a room […]

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