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Head of Hades returns to Italy: excellent collaboration between Italian authorities and Getty Villa in Malibu

Date:

01/27/2016


Head of Hades returns to Italy: excellent collaboration between Italian authorities and Getty Villa in Malibu

A beautiful and rare Head of Hades from the Hellenistic period returns to Italy from Los Angeles after it was stolen and illegally exported at the end of the '70s from the sanctuary of San Francesco Bisconti in Morgantina (Sicily).

The artwork was recovered thanks to a blue curl from the beard of the statue. The fragment, found on the archaeological site in Sicily, allowed law enforcement officials to identify the origin of the head held in the collection of the Getty Villa in Malibu.

“Another confirmation of the excellent collaboration between Italian and US authorities in the recovery of works of art”. These are the words of Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, upon commenting the return. “This is an example of perfect teamwork – continued the Ambassador – between our consular and diplomatic network and investigating authorities in helping to identify artwork and abetting contacts between museums and local authorities which has enabled the return of many works of art from the United States in the last four years. Recently, our cooperation was further sealed by the renewal, for another five years, of the Memorandum of Understanding between our Countries regarding the limitation of imports of archaeological finds, which was signed on January 19.”

Italian law enforcement authorities - the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Prosecutor Office in Enna, the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Palermo - cooperated with the John Paul Getty Museum in order to finalize the restitution. We share here some images of today's ceremony.


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