Cleveland Museum of Art returns ancient Roman portrait stolen from Italy in WWII

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The Cleveland Museum of Art and the government of Italy announced Tuesday that the museum would return to Italy an ancient Roman marble portrait head of Drusus Minor after learning that it apparently had been stolen in 1944 from a provincial museum near Naples.

Italian archaeologists excavated the Drusus head in 1925 or 1926 in Sessa Aurunca, in the Caserta Province of Campania, Italy, about an hour’s drive north of Naples.

The museum believes the work was made after the death of Drusus in 23 A.D., when his wife, Claudia Livia Julia, known as “Livilla” or “Little Livia,” allegedly poisoned him at age 34.

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