Enthusiasts: The Getty Museum restores an exceptional Orpheus and the sirens to Italy, one of its jewels

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The J. Paul Getty Museum of Los Angeles will return to Italy, their country of origin, the ancient terracotta sculptures forming the exceptional set Orpheus and the sirens . Representing the mythological hero practically in full size, the group is one of the most beautiful pieces in the museum, where it has been exhibited for more than forty years.

Recent research proves that several of the exhibited parts, including the Orpheus, have been stolen or come from illegal excavations. "Thanks to the information provided by Matthew Bogdanos and the antiquity traffic unit of the Manhattan District Office indicating the illegal excavation of the Orpheus and the Sirens, We determined that these objects should Being returned, ” said Timothy Potts, director of J. Paul Getty Museum, in a statement reported by the Los Angeles Times .

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 “Heroes in the Children's Room” in the German Burgen Museum in the German Burgen Museum on the Veste Heldburg (Hildburghausen district) is the special exhibition “Heroes in the Nursery. The medieval world of elastoline »was opened. The collector of the figures from the material Elastolin, Peter Müller, led the visitors through the show on the opening afternoon, as a spokeswoman for the museum said.

According to the Getty, the group of characters, dating from around 350 to 300 BCE, is likely to have once decorated a grave. "Originally painted in bright colors, this large -scale sculptural set is an exceptional example of the production of terracotta characteristic of the Greek colonies in the south of Italy", mentions the file of the work. Orpheus and the sirens , which represents the hero at the Lyre seated with two sirens, was bought by J. Paul Getty in 1976, from the Leu bank, a Swiss establishment now missing. The whole would have been acquired on the recommendations of Jiri Frel, an archaeologist, at the conservative time of the antiquities of the institution. For his merit, he transformed the museum into a recognized center of Greek culture and Roman art. But, Jiri Frel resigned in 1986 after revelations proving that he had set up tax manipulations in order to widen the museum collection.

“Heroes in the Children's Room” in the German Burgen Museum

 “Heroes in the Children's Room” in the German Burgen Museum in the German Burgen Museum on the Veste Heldburg (Hildburghausen district) is the special exhibition “Heroes in the Nursery. The medieval world of elastoline »was opened. The collector of the figures from the material Elastolin, Peter Müller, led the visitors through the show on the opening afternoon, as a spokeswoman for the museum said.

Orpheus and the Sirens is the main work concerned by the current restitutions to have been exposed to the public in recent years. Since the museum announced publicly, on August 11, the return of objects looted to Italy, the sculpture was withdrawn from the sight of visitors. The group, as well as four other objects, will be sent to Rome from September. The restitution thus includes three pieces acquired by J. Paul Getty in the 1970s and one in the 1990s: a colossal head in marble of a divinity of the 2nd century, a stone mold from the 2nd century to sink pendants and a painting In oil from 1881 by Camillo Miola entitled The Oracle entered the collections about fifty years ago. The last one is a thymiaterion in Etruscan bronze from the 4th century BC, bought in 1996.

The Getty has already returned dozens of objects to Italy in recent years, but the management of the establishment has resisted Other requests. Despite a 2018 decision of the highest court in Italy, he must for example make a bronze statue of a young victory but the museum still disputes this decision and claims its legitimate property. In March, an archaeologist also proved that elements of a mosaic exhibited at the American museum had passed into the hands of a proven antiquity trafficker. But the museum did not comment on these last discoveries.

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