Italy celebrated the return of three stolen ancient terracotta statues, depicting “Orpheus and the Sirens”, in a ceremony on Saturday in newly unveiled Rome. Art museum is saved. Until earlier this year, the drawings – dating to about 300 BC – were on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. But Italian carabinieri officers in the countr...

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning ancient sculptures and other works of art that were illegally exported from Italy, the museum announced Thursday. The Getty will return a nearly life-size group of Greek terra-cotta sculptures known as “Orpheus and the Sirens,” believed to date from the fourth century B.C., according to the museu...

Constantine triumphant in divine light, Maxentius overwhelmed by the fury of decline, Bacchus and Ariadne dance.In an unprecedented operation for Rome, a patron from overseas comes to rescue the Apollonian and Dionysian heroes of Palazzo Barberini. This is the first time that the illustrious Los Angeles-based philanthropic foundation linked to the...

May 31 - September 4. West Pavilion, Plaza Level. Getty Center - 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA. Entrance: Free. In Renaissance Rome, the facades of many prominent buildings were painted with spectacular narrative frescoes. Once part of the fabric of the city, only a few now remain. Using works from the Getty’s collection, including the c...

A piece of news that once again binds the fortunes of Italy and the USA in the field of art, bounced a few weeks ago in the social media: the purchase, by the Getty Museum, of a work by Jacopo Bassano, il Miracolo delle quaglie (the Miracle of the Quails). A masterpiece, by the very definition of the Los Angeles museum, which announced its purchase...

The Miracle of the Quails, executed in 1554, is among the artist’s largest and most ambitious works. It was previously in a private collection and had rarely been seen by scholars and has never been on public display. It was acquired by the Getty from New York dealership OMP Fine Art. When asked about the purchase price, a spokesperson of the museu...

The J. Paul Getty Museum presents “Paolo Veneziano: Art & Devotion in 14th-Century Venice,” through Oct. 3, at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. For information, go online to www.getty.edu. Paolo Veneziano lived in 14th-century Venice, a time when the Bubonic Plague, the so-called “Black Death,” decimated one-third of the European population. During...

Italy’s senate passed a resolution last week which politicians claim will ultimately strengthen the government’s hand when battling complex restitution cases. Using the announcement as a platform, Massimo Seri, the mayor of Fano, renewed calls for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to return the “Victorious Youth” (aka the “Atleta di Fano”), the 300-1...

July 13 - October 3 - Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. North Pavilion, Plaza Level. Get here free tickets to the Getty Center. Paolo Veneziano led the premier painter’s workshop in late medieval Venice, producing work ranging from large complex altarpieces to small paintings intended for personal devotion. This focused...

Lysippus modelled Alexander’s daring and his whole form. How great is the power of this bronze! The brazen king seems to be gazing at Zeus and about to say: “I set Earth under my feet; thyself, Zeus, possess Olympus.” — An epigramby Asclepiades As I sit down to write, I realise that this piece can go in different directions: three at least. One, it...