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In the past few years there has been a great deal of discussion about antiquities and the desire of countries of origin—Italy and Greece chief among them—to reclaim certain works of art. The J. Paul Getty Museum adopted a new acquisitions policy to further our mutual goal of eliminating illicit trading in antiquities and protecting archaeological sites.

The Getty resolved claims for four objects by Greece, and reached an agreement on our outstanding issues with Italy.

We are committed to continuing our cooperative work with Greece and Italy in the areas of exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research projects, while adhering to the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws.

Below is a collection of press releases and public statements the Getty has issued on this important matter.

Italy

May 17, 2011: Remarks from David Bomford, Acting Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, on the Occasion of the Opening of the Renovated Gallery at the Museo Archeologico in Aidone

March 28, 2011: Statement from Ron Hartwig, Vice President of Communications for the Getty, Regarding the Visit of the Governor of the Marche Region to Los Angeles

October 27, 2010: The Agrigento Youth, a Masterpiece from the Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, Goes On View at the Getty Villa

June 2, 2010: Getty Museum Puts Monumental Red-Figure Krater On View

April 21, 2010: Statement about the Decision in Pesaro on the Getty Bronze

February 17, 2010: J. Paul Getty Museum and Sicilian Ministry of Culture and Identity Announce Major Long-Term Cultural Collaboration

February 11, 2010: Statement about the Ruling in Pesaro on the Getty Bronze

May 6, 2009: Extraordinary Bronze Statue Excavated from Pompeii Goes On View at the Getty Villa

April 7, 2009: The J. Paul Getty Museum Will Return a 1st Century Roman Fresco to Italy in May 2009

March 23, 2009: The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze Announce Long-Term Cultural Collaboration

September 3, 2008: Statement from Michael Brand Regarding Senator Rutelli Visit to the Getty Center

September 25, 2007: Italian Ministry of Culture and the J. Paul Getty Museum Sign Agreement in Rome

August 1, 2007: Italian Ministry of Culture and J. Paul Getty Trust Reach Agreement

May 10, 2007: International Experts Convene at the Getty Villa to Study Cult Statue of a Goddess

April 20, 2007: J. Paul Getty Museum Responds to the Imposition of a Cultural Embargo by Italy's Ministry of Culture

March 8, 2007: J. Paul Getty Museum Announces Scientific Workshop: International Experts Will Join Study of Cult Statue of a Goddess

March 2, 2007: Statement from the J. Paul Getty Museum Regarding the Riace Bronzes

January 31, 2007: "Object Lesson," Wall Street Journal Op-Ed By Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum

December 20, 2006: J. Paul Getty Trust's Statement in Response to Italy's Minister of Culture Franceso Rutelli, Wednesday, December 20, 2006 in Rome

November 28, 2006: "Italy and the Getty Must Find Common Ground," Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum

November 23, 2006: J. Paul Getty Museum Issues Statement
Museum Director Reconfirms Decision to Return 26 Objects to Italy; Repeats Offer to Continue Discussions toward a Comprehensive Collaborative Agreement

November 21, 2006: J. Paul Getty Museum to Return 26 Objects to Italy

November 20, 2006: Response of the J. Paul Getty Trust to the Italian Government's Claim to the Statue of a Victorious Youth, 77.AB.30

June 21, 2006: The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Italian Ministry of Culture Issue Joint Statement

January 31, 2006: J. Paul Getty Trust and Italian Ministry of Culture Issue Joint Statement

November 7, 2005: Statement Regarding Returned Objects Now Transferred from the Getty to Italian Government

October 3, 2005: Statement Regarding Returned Objects from the Getty


Greece

February 7, 2007: Ministry of Culture for the Hellenic Republic and J. Paul Getty Museum Sign Agreement Finalizing Return of Objects to Greece

December 11, 2006: Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and the J. Paul Getty Trust Issue Joint Statement

August 22, 2006: Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and the J. Paul Getty Trust Issue Joint Statement

July 10, 2006: Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and J. Paul Getty Trust Joint Statement

May 16, 2006: J. Paul Getty Trust and Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture Issue Joint Statement


Other antiquities-related statements

May 20, 2008: J. Paul Getty Museum Announces New Curator for Antiquities

April 4, 2007: Statement by Dr. Michael Brand, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum

April 4, 2007: Francavilla Marittima Timeline

October 26, 2006: J. Paul Getty Museum Announces Revised Acquisitions Policy




See Also

Workshop on the Cult Statue of a Goddess