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July 31, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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.
June 21, 2007 |
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.
April 18, 2007 |
A medieval gilt-copper and enamel relief of Christ, thought to have come from a Spanish cathedral, and a 19th century portrait of a lady in her pink velvet dressing gown by French artist James Jacques Joseph Tissot have joined the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The new acquisitions -- purchased privately for undisclosed sums in an ongoing effort to build the relatively young institution's art holdings -- will go on view in May at the Getty Center in Brentwood.
March 20, 2007 |
Fourteen years after the J. Paul Getty Museum purchased a 4th century BC Greek funerary wreath for $1.15 million from a Swiss art dealer, 17 months after the Greek government formally demanded its return and eight months after the museum agreed to do so, the delicate gold headpiece is about to go home.
March 9, 2007 |
While reaffirming that it still intends to transfer ownership of one of its most prized artifacts, a statue of the goddess Aphrodite, to Italy, the J. Paul Getty Museum says it will convene a panel of scholars in two months to plan scientific detective work needed to settle unanswered questions concerning the piece, which the Italian government claims as a looted antiquity.
HOME & GARDEN
February 22, 2007 |
AS an executive producer for the "Matrix" trilogy, "Mystic River" and "Happy Feet," which is up for an Academy Award on Sunday for best animated feature, Bruce Berman may live in the world of motion pictures, but it's photography that has been his passion since he was a teenager. Berman pursued it until his third year in college, taking road trips and photographing scenes of 20th century Americana. "I didn't think I could make a living at photography," Berman says.
January 23, 2007 |
A new face will appear at the J. Paul Getty Museum today. "Portrait of Robert Cheseman" -- a painting of a falconer by Hans Holbein the Younger, a highly revered German artist who made his reputation as a portrait painter in England during the Reformation -- has been lent to the museum through April 23 by the Mauritshuis in the Hague, Netherlands. Holbein painted Cheseman, thought to have been falconer to King Henry VIII, with a large hunting bird during the artist's 1532-43 sojourn in England.