“Victorious Youth,” Greek, 300 – 100 B.C., J. Paul Getty Museum
Despite a November Italian court decision that rejected a legal claim for the Getty Bronze (above) by prosecutors in Pesaro, Italian Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli said today that he will continue his campaign to get the Getty Museum to relinquish its celebrated ancient Greek statue of a victorious athlete.
ANSA, the Italian news agency reports:
The minister acknowledged that the court’s rejection of a seizure petition was ”not positive” but insisted that there was still scope to press Italy’s demands. ”It will be a question of a few months. Then we’ll see,” Rutelli said….
Prosecutors and Italian heritage bodies have appealed…the sentence at Italy’s highest court of appeal, the Cassation Court.
I will have more to say on cultural property issues in a mainstream media piece, about to be published. More details soon.