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Ambassador Bisogniero inaugurates major exhibit on Sicily at Villa Getty in Malibu (April 2, 2013)

Date:

04/04/2013


Ambassador Bisogniero inaugurates major exhibit on Sicily at Villa Getty in Malibu (April 2, 2013)

The exhibit “Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome” was inaugurated on April 2 at the Getty Villa in Malibu by  the Museum Director Timothy Potts and by the Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero on his second official trip to Los Angeles of his mandate.

Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome is a fascinating journey through the marvels of Magna Grecia with masterpieces dating from the most splendid period of Greek colonies in Sicily. The piece most anxiously awaited by the U.S. public, the Charioteer of Motya, dates back to precisely this period. The artwork is  a large marble statue preserved at the Whitaker Museum in Motya off the coast of Sicily.  Likely brought to Motya  by Carthaginians after they sacked Selinos in 409 AC, the statue is of a male figure without arms and feet, and the presence of pivots on the face area suggests that it once had a head covering. The right arm was likely raised toward the air while the left one was curved inward with the hand resting on the hip. The long tunic, clinched by a belt at chest level accentuates the masculine physique and musculature.

This exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell'Identità Siciliana. It celebrates 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, realized under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Italy.
The exhibit will run through August 19, 2013.


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