|Governor Spacca and an image of the|
Fano Athlete at a press conference
in LA last year
Jason Felch, who has been covering this story since 2006, reported for The Los Angeles Times that on May 3 a judge in Marche confirmed that the J. Paul Getty Museum should return the Fano Athlete to the country from which it was illegally exported.
Felch, co-author of Chasing Aphrodite, posted the judge's ruling on his website here.
On the blog Illicit Cultural Property, Derek Fincham notes that using an Italian court to force an action from an American museum hasn't been done before but that it may set a new precedent if successful.
On the blog Looting Matters, David Gill encourages The Getty to cooperate before additional legal steps reveal more problems. Gill also provides an overview of the 'collecting history' and Italy's years long political fight on his blog here.