FANO’S ATHLETE * ITALY 2016 MAXIMUM CARD
Condition: FANO’S ATHLETE * ITALY 2016 MAXIMUM CARD
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MASTERPIECE DEPICTED ON NEW STAMP IS
SUBJECT OF CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING
On 25 November 2016 Italy issued a set of six â‚¬ 0.95 stamps of the ongoing series highlighting the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the country.
One value depicts the Victorious Youth, referred to in Italian sources as the Atleta di Fano. This magnificent statue is a Greek bronze, dated between 300 and 100 BCE, presently in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
According to Wikipedia, â€œThe sculpture was found in the summer of 1961 in the sea off Fano on the Adriatic coast of Italy, snagged in the nets of an Italian fishing trawler, the Ferri Ferruccio. After some offering on the antiquities gray market and alleged vigorous competition with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was acquired by the Getty Museum in 1977.
Il Giornale dellâ€™Arte.com recently stated that the Constitutional Court, the equivalent of the US Supreme Court, has annuled two rulings by the Pesaro Court.
The case was appealed by the Getty Museum lawyers who complained that they had not been been asked to give their version of the facts. Now the controversy is back in the hands of the investigating judge of Pesaro, where in 2008 the battle between Italy and USA for the great masterpiece had started.
Initially attributed the Greek sculptor Lysippos many experts and art critics have disagreed on that attribution. News agency ANSA noted in January 2016 that the statue was allegedly sold for US$3.9Million and was displayed at the Getty Museum sometime later.
In an interview with Corriere Adriatico the Mayor of Fano, Massimo Seri commented that the new stamp is â€œA source of great satisfaction because the issue officially establishes two important points: the name of the statue and its identity in the context of the Italian cultural and artistic heritage. The statue is in fact described as the Victorious Youth, not the Gettyâ€™s bronzeâ€. The Mayor thanked Professor Alberto Berardi who together with the Association The Hundred Cities had initiated the process for the confiscation of the statue.