The Nation: Art Is Long, Tax Suits Short

A Greek odyssey

What is a beautiful, bronzed Greek youth who spent 1,800 years under the Adriatic Sea before wandering through Europe doing in a place like Denver? That is just what Italian legal authorities, international art dealers and American tax collectors are asking themselves.

The international fuss over the powerfully muscled youth, actually a 4th century B.C. sculpture from Greece's Golden Age, is not the usual art dispute over authenticity. The experts agree that the graceful figure is either the only existing original work by the master sculptor Lysippus or, at least, from...

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