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Returning Antiquities from the J. Paul Getty Museum

Details of the recent return of antiquities

Gill, D. W. J., and C. Chippindale. In press. "From Malibu to Rome: further developments on the return of antiquities." International Journal of Cultural Property 14.


During 2006 three major North American Museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, agreed to return a significant number of antiquities to Italy. Acquisition information relating to the return of 26 items to Italy and 4 to Greece from the Getty can be added to the details known from the objects returned from Boston. A more detailed picture is emerging of how antiquities, apparently looted from Italy, were being passed through Switzerland on their way to dealers in Europe and North America. This information also points towards other antiquities that may be included in future agreements.

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'Masterpieces' from the Collection

Approximately 15% of the featured 'Masterpieces' from the J. Paul Getty Museum have been returned, or are in the process of being returned, to Italy and Greece.

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