The museum said it has signed a bilateral agreement with Rome's Capitoline Museums to create a framework for the conservation and restoration of artworks as well as future exhibitions and long-term loans.
The Capitoline Museums are a group of art and archaeological museums that date to the 15th century. They are among the oldest public art museums in the world.
James Cuno, president of the Getty Trust, marked the new partnership with the unveiling of an ancient sculpture titled "Lion Attacking a Horse," which is being loaned to the Getty. The sculpture stands approximately 5 feet tall and depicts a lion pouncing ferociously on the back of a horse. The artwork is believed to date from the 4th century B.C.
The sculpture is scheduled to remain on display at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades through Feb. 4, after which it will return to Rome.
The Getty already has formed cultural-exchange agreements with museums in Naples and Florence, as well as with the Sicilian Ministry of Culture.
The agreements are part of the 2007 accord between the Getty and the Italian Ministry of Culture in which the Getty agreed to transfer 40 objects to Italy to resolve a protracted legal battle over disputed works of art.