Getty Museum in LA to Return Illegally Exported Art to Italy

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.

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This undated photo provided by The J. Paul Getty Museum shows Sculptural Group of a Seated Poet and Sirens. 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, Aug. 11, 2022, that next month it will ship back the nearly life-size group of statues known as "Orpheus and the Sirens." (The J. Paul Getty Museum via AP)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 museum. The sculpture group was purchased by J. Paul Getty in 1976 shortly before his…

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