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August 3, 2007
Italian authorities persuaded the J. Paul Getty Museum this week to return 40 disputed works of art, including one of the most striking antiquities found in any American museum: a 2,400-year-old statue of a goddess believed to be Aphrodite, the Greek epitome of love and beauty. The agreement is a multimillion-dollar setback for the Getty and visitors to the Getty Villa, where most of the works were on permanent display. But for the Getty Trust, the deal also brings relief.
August 3, 2007 | Jason Felch and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writers
A day after the J. Paul Getty Museum announced the return of 40 prized artifacts to Italy, a sense of relief swept across the Getty Center's Brentwood campus, home to the Getty Trust and three other programs that had been largely overshadowed by the museum's antiquities scandal. Many who work at the Getty said the accord Wednesday closed not just the painful dispute over allegedly looted artifacts but a period of relentless controversy under the trust's former chief executive, Barry Munitz.
August 2, 2007 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
The most dramatic outcome of Wednesday's eagerly anticipated news of a deal between Italy and the Getty Museum over looted antiquities concerned the fate of Aphrodite. The monumental 5th century BC goddess, believed by many to be from the ancient Greek city of Morgantina on the island of Sicily, is easily among the greatest ancient sculptures in an American museum collection. Now it is among 40 works the Getty has agreed to return to Italy.
August 2, 2007 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Special to The Times
The J. Paul Getty Museum's agreement Wednesday to return 40 disputed antiquities to Italy brings to a close a cultural and legal fight that has dogged the institution for decades. But it comes at a high price, claiming some of the finest pieces in the Getty's collection. After months of impasse, the breakthrough came with a flurry of faxes late Tuesday.
July 31, 2007 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Special to The Times
Days before a threatened cultural embargo was scheduled to take effect, the J. Paul Getty Museum has resumed negotiations with the Italian government over 46 of the museum's disputed antiquities -- opening the door to a possible agreement. In an exchange described by a Getty official as "intense" and "useful," the museum has exchanged letters with Italy's minister of culture, exploring possible settlements of the dispute, authorities from both sides confirmed Monday.
July 25, 2007 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
In March, Italian senator Paolo Amato joined placard-waving citizens furious over the removal of an iconic painting from Florence's famed Uffizi Gallery. While protesting the loan of Leonardo da Vinci's "Annunciation" to an exhibition in Japan, the senator took an unusual step: He wrapped himself in chains, looped them around a post outside the museum entrance and snapped the padlock shut.
July 11, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire reports
Italy's culture minister issued an ultimatum to the J. Paul Getty Museum on Tuesday: The Getty has until the end of July to strike a deal over the return of more than 40 ancient artifacts Italy considers looted, or face "a real embargo" that would prevent the Getty from receiving loans of Italian art, and suspend the government's collaboration in Getty research and conservation projects in Italy.
July 2, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
The basic task seemed simple enough, especially at a place like the J. Paul Getty Museum. Match 40 drawings with appropriate mats and frames and hang them. Nothing particularly daunting in that. So curator Lee Hendrix, who arrived at the Getty in 1985 and has led the drawings department since 1998, took a sabbatical last summer, just as work began on "Defining Modernity: European Drawings, 1800-1900," the current exhibition that inaugurates the museum's new drawings galleries.
June 21, 2007 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Karol Wight, a 22-year veteran of the J. Paul Getty Museum, was named its antiquities curator Wednesday. She succeeds her beleaguered former boss, Marion True, whose job she has held on an acting basis since True's resignation under fire in October 2005.
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