Louisville-based insurance company Humana has agreed to return two Roman marble statues to Italy.
The statues of the Goddess Fortuna and another female figure stood in the Humana Building lobby for years. But recently, Humana officials found the works on a list of stolen art. The company voluntarily returned the works to Italian officials and is not seeking any payment for the statues.
“No no no, we think what’s appropriate at this instance is for us to return these treasures to where they rightfully belong, and that is their country of origin…Italy,” says spokesman Tom Noland.
Humana purchased the statues from a New York art dealer in 1984. Noland says the company will not attempt to get any money from the dealer, either.
The works have already been replaced in the lobby.
“We have actually put up where the statues used to be very lovely sculptures that have to do with Humana’s dream, which is to help people achieve lifelong well being. And also about the commitment of our associates, that is to say, our employees,” says Noland.
Noland says the company has a reasonable art collection, and with modern tracking technology, it’s unlikely any other works were stolen.
This is the second time this year art in Louisville has been found to have been stolen. Earlier this year, the Speed Art Museum found out that one of its works was stolen. Museum officials also said it’s unlikely any other part of the Speed’s collection is stolen, given the advances in technology for monitoring art sales.