June 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Italian Ministry of Culture issued the following joint statement following a meeting in Rome on Wednesday, June 21. The parties reached a tentative agreement that includes the following:
"The Italian government will receive from the Getty a number of very significant objects, including several masterpieces. In return, as a sign of fruitful dialogue and collaboration among the parties, Italy will provide loans of objects of comparable visual beauty and historical importance.
"The agreement, however, is aimed at far more: the parties acknowledged a shared commitment to the exchange and increase of knowledge, and look forward to extensive future collaboration, including joint exhibitions which will maximize the potential of the newly-renovated Getty Villa, the only art museum in the United States dedicated to the art and culture of ancient Italy and Greece.
"The parties expect to conclude a final agreement, which will include mutual collaboration, research and the exchange of important antiquities, in the early summer."
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Getty Communications Dept.
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