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As Blaze Rages, Precious Art Remains in 'Fireproof Fortress'

LA's J. Paul Getty Museum has its blaze-protecting fortifications in place

(Newser) - A wildfire is raging on the property of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, but don't fret about its masterpieces being turned to ash. The building is a "fireproof fortress" specifically designed to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes and wildfires, per the Guardian . The art is... More »

Turkey to US Museums: We Want Our Stuff Back

Nation seeks return of looted antiquities

(Newser) - Turkey has taken note of how neighbors Italy and Greece have cajoled US museums into returning their long-lost antiquities, and it wants in. The government has asked four American facilities—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Met, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks collection—to return... More »

LA Wildfire Threatens Getty

Winds could move blaze unpredictably: officials

(Newser) - A wildfire raging in Los Angeles this morning threatens the Getty Center’s priceless paintings and sculptures, and homes in swanky Brentwood's hills, the Times reports. Firefighters temporarily closed an interstate as more than 500 of them deployed an air assault to battle the early-morning blaze. Officials worry winds picking... More »

Getty Lands a Morbid Gauguin

LA museum buys painting of decapitation scene after 8-year search

(Newser) - The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired an 1892 work by Paul Gauguin the Los Angeles institution's curator calls "the most famous painting by Gauguin that no one has seen," the Los Angeles Times reports. Arii Matamoe (The Royal End)—bought from a Swiss collector for an undisclosed... More »

Ex-Getty Curator Ducks Relic Charge

Greek court clears her of buying looted golden wreath

(Newser) - Greek judges cleared a former Getty Museum curator today of buying a looted golden wreath, the Los Angeles Times reports. They said the statute of limitations had ended on the charge that Marion True okayed purchasing the illegally dug up Greek artifact. But "at no stage of these proceedings... More »

Getty to Return Art; Italians Drop Charges

Civil case against museum's curator ends; criminal case continues

(Newser) - Following the outlines of a deal struck in August, the Getty Museum formally pledged yesterday to return to Italy 40 works from its collection. As a result of the agreement, which repatriates such masterpieces as an Aphrodite from the 5th century BC, Italian authorities dropped civil charges against Getty curator... More »

Getty Sends Looted Art Home

Italy wins decades-long fight over illegally purchased antiquities

(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... More »

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