Getty Sends Looted Art Home

Italy wins decades-long fight over illegally purchased antiquities
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2007 4:49 AM CDT
Italian Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli shows to journalists a document from the Italian Culture Ministry displaying the marble statue of Tyche one of the allegedly looted ancient treasures kept at...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles will return to Italy 40 works of art, including some of the finest in the museum's collection, following a decades-long legal battle. The museum has agreed to give up dozens of  masterpieces that Italy claims were looted, including its signature 5th-century marble Aphrodite, the LA Times reports.

In exchange for the Getty's decision to return the antiquities, the Italian cultural ministry has promised long-term loans to fill gaps in the collection. A Getty curator remains on trial in Italy for allegedly purchasing ancient Greek and Roman art of illegal provenance.