The mysterious statue dubbed the “Getty Goddess” has been repatriated to Italy. The identity of the goddess remains a mystery – many believe it to be the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone. The statue was purchased in 1988 amidst great controversy surrounding its provenance. Police, scholars, and private detectives have successfully pin-pointed its recovery to an illicit excavation in Morgantina in the 1970s.
Its scandalous origins has meant that it has largely been ignored in academic circles. Now at home in a 17th century monastery, Art Historians are hoping that they can correctly identify its subject and history. For more on the “Getty Goddess,” read this LA Times article.