The parthenon sculptures should be retained in the british museum

He worked mostly in Athens but also transferred his workshop to Olympia, where he constructed in gold and ivory the colossal gold and ivory seated Zeus — one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Clearly, though, Lord Elgin did understand their importance.

Why the Elgin Marbles Should Stay in London

There are no comments for the selected user level. Apparently Elgin obtained written permission to excavate and remove the sculptures from the Sultan, however the original document was lost.

Many would say the taking of the marbles was an act of cultural vandalism. The Parthenon sculptures are iconic works of art. They have thus completed a process begun by Lord Elgin years ago, and all the Parthenon sculptures have now become museum objects. The Parthenon and its sculptures are part of the cultural and historical legacy of the Greek nation and they would like to see them returned to Greece.

In letters were scratched on to the upper right thigh of another figure. He trained in the workshop of Ageladas of Argos. In particular, an explosion ignited by Venetian gun and cannon-fire bombardment inwhilst the Parthenon was used as a munitions store during the Ottoman ruledestroyed or damaged many pieces of Parthenon art, including some of that later taken by Lord Elgin.

In the 6th century AD it was converted into a Christian Church and in the 15th was turned into a mosque. I found the body of the marble beneath the surface white. What has the Greek Government asked for?

First, a shipment of the marbles was lost at sea, and had to be salvaged two years later none of the sculptures were lost. It was built to hold the Parthenon sculpture in natural sunlight that characterises the Athenian climate, arranged in the same way as they would have been on the Parthenon.

The building was altered and the sculptures were damaged over the course of the centuries. The metopes illustrate episodes from Greek myth, including the battle of the Centaurs and Lapiths.

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The British Museum tells the story of cultural achievement throughout the world, from the dawn of human history over two million years ago until the present day.

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The Parthenon marbles should not be returned to Greece

Architectural members Temple of Athena Nike: The truth is, many of the sculptures can be found in museums in Paris, Vienna, the Vatican, Munich, Wurzburg, and Copenhagen. British Museum[ edit ] Tools used for the cleaning of the Elgin marbles. On two earlier occasions, Elgin stated that the Ottomans gave him written permissions more than once, but that he had "retained none of them.

It was in this conflict that the Parthenon was used as munitions store by the Ottomans, and subsequently attacked by opposing forces.Consequently, you could easily make the case that the British Museum as an international museum, which is free to enter and accessible to more people because of its location in a global hub, is a far better location for the marbles than Athens.

At least in the British Museum, the marbles can be interpreted in their international cultural context. May 26,  · Why the Elgin Marbles Should Stay in London May 26, May 26, / C.S. Moore Last week, the Greek government declared that they will not be suing the British Museum over their prized collection of renowned sculptures, the Elgin Marbles, which once adorned the Parthenon; a Greek temple that stands as possibly ancient Greece’s greatest.

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The Parthenon marbles in the British Museum The completion of a fine new museum at the foot of the Acropolis means Athens now has a home for the most famous, or infamous, works of Greek art outside Greece: the Parthenon marbles, by which is meant the frieze and sculptures from the Parthenon in the collection of the British Museum.

The Parthenon sculptures in the British Museum are feet (around 75 metres) of the original feet (around metres) of frieze, 15 of the 92 metopes, 17 figures from the two pediments, and various pieces of architecture from the building.

The frieze relief sculptures and free-standing figures from the pediment of the Parthenon in Athens, shipped to England years ago by the Earl of Elgin, were a revelation of marble’s potential and the often overwhelming reality of actual Greek sculpture for 19th century artists – Rodin not least – who were used to extolling the virtues of Roman copies of Greek originals.

Jun 03,  · Jeremy Corbyn would give British Museum's Elgin Marbles back to Greece. The UK should start "constructive talks with the Greek government on the return of the sculptures Author: Sky News.

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