The Getty Museum's Non-Victorious Bid to Keep the ‘Victorious Youth’ Bronze
Vol. III, Issue No. 1 Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter of the Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, 2011
36 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2013 Last revised: 24 Apr 2015
Date Written: 2011
A discussion of the lawsuit involving the Victorious Youth (Getty Bronze).
The relationship between the Italian government and the J. Paul Getty Museum, the wealthiest museum in the world, has once again been strained over legal battles concerning items that the Italian government claims were illegally acquired by the museum. Relations between the Getty and Italy have already been tense due to Italy’s forceful request for the return of cultural heritage property scattered around the globe. The public became acutely aware of Italy’s aggressive pursuit against museums and looters with the publication of The Medici Conspiracy by Peter Watson and Cecilia Todeschini. The book recounts the Italian government’s raid on an international crime syndicate dealing in looted antiquities originating in Italy and ending with sales to reputable institutions around the world, including sales to the Getty Museum. In the wake of Italy’s repatriation quest, the Getty has been charged with numerous accusations of irresponsible acquisition practices, questionable provenance and surreptitiously housing looted pieces.
Keywords: Getty Bronze, Victorious Youth, Fano Athlete, Italy, admiralty law, Marion True, cultural heritage, illegal acquisition, Getty Museum, repatriation, provenance, looting
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