The Getty Museum Returns the Head of Hades to Italy
The Head of Hades returned to Sicily on January 29. Article The Getty Museum Returns the Head of Hades to Italy by l’Italo Americano staff and photo courtesy of l’Italo Americano
After almost three years of negotiations, the Paul Getty Museum in Malibu decided to return one of the jewels stolen by anonymous from the archaeological site of Morgantina, in the province of Enna, Italy .
The head of Hades, a wonderful marble with colourful curly Beard was stolen in the late 1970s and sold to the Getty by the collector in New York Maurice Tempelsman for 500 thousand dollars.
This terracotta head of a god is a type of representation favored by artists in the Greek colonies in Sicily and South Italy. Good-quality white marble had to be imported into these colonies. Therefore, unlike their compatriots in mainland Greece, Sicilian sculptors frequently used the medium of terracotta for large-scale work.
Hade’s head returned to Sicily on Friday January 29 and has been located in the Museum of Aidone Enna, which already hosts the Venus.
Article by l’Italo Americano staff published on January 30, 2016: http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2016-1-30/barbablu-getty