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Antiquities Loans: Pompeii Bronzes Arrive at Getty from Naples

Statue of Apollo as an archer (Apollo Saettante),
Greek, manufactured before 146 B.C., copper alloy/bronze, 1.47 meters high, found in 1817 in Pompeii, near the Sanctuary of Apollo
National Archaeological Museum, Naples

Statue of an Ephebe (Youth) as a lampbearer,
Roman, about 20-10 B.C., bronze with inlays of copper and glass, 1.49 meters high, from Pompeii’s House of the Ephebe (Regio I, Insula VII, House 11), excavated in 1925
National Archaeological Museum, Naples

I gave you the first heads-up (or actually the second, after an Italian-language news report) on the loans (pictured above) coming to the Getty Museum from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples. The Corriere del Mezzogiorno article had indicated that the larger of the two works (the archer) would be on loan to the Getty for a maximum of five years.

But from information I recently received from the Getty, it now seems that the actual duration of the loan will be considerably shorter. This hit my inbox on Wednesday (when I was in Iowa), from the Getty’s communications office:

The sculptures you mentioned have arrived at the Getty Villa on
long-term loan from the Archaeological Museum in Naples. We’ll be
issuing a formal press release in a few weeks, when the first work (the Statue of Ephebe) goes
on view. The Apollo Saettante will go
on view in approximately one year, after technical analysis and
conservation are complete, and both will remain on view until March 2011.

“Formal press release” or no, Suzanne Muchnic of the LA Times has much more on this story, here. (I previously reported on other Italy-to-Getty loans, from Florence, here.)

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