The Getty is getting it right

27 Jan 2013 1:39 PM | Anonymous

The Getty is getting it right

The Getty has taken steps to separate itself from corrupt collecting. An online database will help it in the task.

January 27, 2013


The J. Paul Getty Museum has spent the last five years making amends for acquiring looted antiquities and trying to distance itself from a culture of rapacious and corrupt collecting.

Stricter rules on acquisitions have been put in place. Nearly 50 objects in the museum's possession undefined valued at many millions of dollars undefined have been returned since 2007 to their homelands. This month, Getty officials announced that they would voluntarily return to Sicily a terra cotta head of Hades, framed with lush curls, after the museum's curators realized it matched fragments of curls from an archaeological site that has been heavily looted in the past.

Now the museum is in the midst of an ambitious project to verify the ownership history and origins undefined the "provenance" undefined of its entire collection of 45,000 antiquities. Some are valuable and famous works of art; others are mere pieces of objects. Many are for study and not display. Eventually all the information will be available online, and some of it is already is.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-getty-antiquities-provenance-20130127,0,526435,print.story

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