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Italy Risks Priceless Riace Bronzes for Cash
Alexander Forbes, Thursday, August 21, 2014 (Click on Link above to artnet)
“Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini is weighing whether to ship the world-renowned #Riace Bronzes from their home in #Calabria, over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north to Milan, the Corriere della Sera reports. In the proposed plan, the pair of statues would travel to the next Universal Exposition, EXPO 2015, for a period of six months. However, many experts believe that even a slight movement could result in the nearly 2,500-year-old-statues’ destruction. There’s no telling, they say, what havoc such a lengthy trip could wreak.
Known interchangeably as the Riace Bronzes or the Riace Warriors, the pair of life size statues depict naked Greek warriors and were created between 460–420 BC. They are currently housed at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in a climate controlled room on pedestals designed to minimize even the slightest movement due to seismic or other activity. First discovered in 1972, they underwent nine years of conservation before emerging to great fanfare in 1981. They recently underwent a second round of restoration from 2010–2011 while the museum was also undergoing renovations.”