Elgin marbles, collection of ancient greek sculptures and architectural details in the british museum, london, where they are now called the parthenon sculptures fearing that they would eventually be destroyed because of turkish indifference, he asked permission of the sublime porte to have artists measure, sketch,. In class we discussed whether the elgin marbles should stay at the british museum or be returned to athens lord elgin saved the marbles by bringing them to britain because the turks were attacking greece and they could have been damaged. 13 it should be noted that besides those acquired from lord elgin the british museum's collection of sculptures from the parthenon includes fragments from the unless they are duplicates of others already in the collection or are 'unfit to be retained and can be disposed of without detriment to the interests of students. The elgin marbles also known pars pro toto as the parthenon marbles, are a collection of classical greek marble sculptures made under the supervision of the architect and sculptor phidias and his assistants they were originally part of the temple of the parthenon and other buildings on the. My own opinion was that they should go back until i went to greece and saw how badly other ancient sites were kept there that was in the 1980s besides being brutally vandalized by turks and brits, the parthenon frieze has also been irreparably damaged in the british museum by the morons there. The new acropolis museum currently charges a €5 general admission fee for the “heritage of humanity” the entrance to the british museum is of course, free but it leads to suggested donation boxes, gift shops where one can purchase “elgin marbles” memorabilia, overpriced cafeterias, and ticketed.
Should objects of cultural heritage that have been removed in the past be returned to their source nation this article discusses the perenni- al claim greece the british side has consistently provided four main arguments in favor of the retention of the parthenon marbles by the british museum first, they sustain that. Be transported to room 18 in the british museum where greece's most famous sculptures are kept. True, there have been some damaging mistakes made in the cleaning and preservation of the sculptures, but if these are compared to the damage that would almost certainly have happened if they were left in place the sense of having “saved” the marbles tends to give the british museum a sense of. A british museum spokesperson said: “we welcome this change of position by the greek government we hope that this will enable us to develop existing good relations with curatorial colleagues in greece, and to discuss with them directly, on an institution-to institution basis, the ways in which we can together enable the.
Greece's demand for the return of the parthenon sculptures, popularly known as the elgin marbles, from the british museum is one such story these works embody dreams that connect a people with landscape and history in an unbreakable spiritual bond: how can they be coldly kept in bloomsbury as. The parthenon sculptures & cultural justice 951 the shifts in cultural policy and law in recent decades 25 to achieve cultural justice with the parthenon sculptures currently being retained by the british museum by considering justice, we can move the long conversation about the proper.
While the british museum houses many of the sculptures from the parthenon, others can be found around the world in places like paris and copenhagen if britain has to give these sculptures back, the argument goes, it will throw into doubt the fate of not only other artefacts kept at the british museum, but. The uk government and the british museum turn down an offer of mediation in their dispute with greece over the parthenon sculptures known as the to achieve the permanent transfer of the parthenon sculptures now in the british museum to greece and on terms that would deny the british museum's. “it is to be regretted that so much admirable sculpture as is still extant about this fabric should be all likely to perish from ignorant contempt and brutal the parthenon is among the greatest national treasures of greece, but important parts of it have been displayed at the british museum in london for two centuries should. The 2,500-year-old elgin marbles were taken from the parthenon in athens 200 years ago, and are still in the british museum in london greek campaigners believe if, as a matter of principle, the marbles are returned, what other exhibits can be justifiably retained by museums if the british museum is.
The british museum could, for example, retain both legal ownership and possession of its share of the sculptures while opening up an annex on the acropolis where it can display them a discussion of the aesthetic and educational reasons for. With the end of amal clooney's lawsuit against our government, the british museum can now continue to do the world an enormous service the elgin marbles photo: epa by dominic selwood 11:48am bst 14 may 2015 the greek government has finally acknowledged that the british museum is the lawful owner of the. Can you say what the frieze depicts and what are the subjects of the other sculptures in the british museum's parthenon display i'm not going to tell you the answers - why not visit the british museum to find out or read on the contrary, in the early middle ages it was islam that preserved greek thought.
Not all the sculptures from the parthenon are in the british museum another large portion is still in athens, while a few other sculptures are in different museums throughout the world three goddess sculptures taken by elgin would have been positioned to the right of the lost birth scene, jenkins says. The trustees have never been asked for a loan of the parthenon sculptures by greece, only for the permanent removal of all of the sculptures in its care to athens the trustees will consider (subject to the usual considerations of condition and fitness to travel) any request for any part of the collection to be borrowed and then. On december 5, the british museum announced that it would loan a piece of the elgin marbles to the state hermitage museum in st petersburg to memorialize its 250thbirthday although intended as a kind gesture to russia, it was also a stinging insult to greece—the country has been requesting the.
The parthenon marbles (or 'elgin marbles') were sculpted in greece in 447–438 bc, and stolen from there by lord elgin in the early 19th century they are kept in the british museum this is a speech recently given by henry porter, at an event calling for their return some of the parthenon sculptures. The moral and legal need to return the sculptures to greece with the basis that the pieces were taken illegally opponents of restitution, however, claim the british museum possesses a legal right to retain custody of the sculptures “the current issue of restitution” addresses the way in which the case of the parthenon. The british committee for the reunification of parthenon marbles. In this report i will explore the construction and later history of the parthenon, including the damage done by the turks and elgin's removal of the marbles to england i will then discuss the present state of the marbles at the british museum and examine the growing controversy that surrounds them as the 2004 olympics that.