A spokesman for that institution indicated in statements released this Tuesday by the website of the Greenme newspaper, that the three terracotta statues that make up the work will be shown to the public from September 24 to October 15 of this year.
The group dates from the days when southern Italy was dominated by ancient Greece and shows a seated Orpheus, who probably carried a lyre that has been lost, alongside two standing sirens.
It represents a scene from the Greek myth of the Argonauts, heroes who departed aboard the ship Argo guided by Jason in search of the Golden Fleece, who faced bewitching sirens who, with their song, seduced the sailors and led them to certain death .
Among the Argonauts was Orpheus, who with the music of his lyre managed to amaze and silence the mythical mythological creatures, which rushed into the sea and were turned into rocks.
The sculptures found in the second half of the last century in the southern Italian town of Taranto, Apulia region, were illegally acquired by the American billionaire Jean Paul Getty shortly before his death on June 6, 1976.
After Getty’s death, these works, valued at about eight million euros, were transferred to the Museum that bears the name of the tycoon, the richest man in the world at the time, in the city of Malibu in the western US state of California.
The repatriation of the work was achieved thanks to the complex Operation Orfeo, developed by the Archeology Section of the Operational Department of the Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (TPC) of the Carabineros Weapon, together with the Taranto Prosecutor’s Office.
The Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, pointed out that, after concluding its exhibition in Rome, the sculptural group will return to the territory from which it was uprooted, in Taranto, to increase the heritage of the Archaeological Museum of that city.