On Thursday, September 28, 2006, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) transferred 13 antiquities to Italy and signed an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Culture marking the beginning of a new era of cultural exchange. The agreement includes the creation of a partnership in which the Italian government will loan significant works from Italy to the MFA’s displays and special exhibitions program, and establishes a process by which the MFA and Italy will exchange information with respect to the Museum’s future acquisitions of Italian antiquities. The partnership also envisages collaboration in the areas of scholarship, conservation, archaeological investigation, and exhibition planning. Significant loans have already been made to the MFA, including works in the exhibitions Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice (2009) and Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (2011).

Additional information can be found in the press release.


The objects transferred to Italy from the MFA are:

Two-handled vessel (nestoris)

Oil flask (lekythos)

Water jar (kalpis-hydria) depicting Apollo making a libation before gods and goddesses

Two-handled jar (pelike) depicting Phineus with the sons of Boreas


Water jar (hydria)

Vase for bath water (loutrophoros) depicting Pelops and Hippodameia in a chariot

Mixing bowl (bell-krater)

Oil flask (lekythos)

Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting the murder of Atreus

Triangular support for a candelabrum shaft, decorative colonette, or small basin

Two-handled vessel (nestoris) depicting athletes in conversation with girls

Mixing bowl (bell-krater) with Thracian hunters