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Delve into this book today .....: The lines pertaining to the
removal of the marbles allowed Elgin and his team to fix
scaffolding, make drawings, make mouldings in chalk or gypsum,
measure the remains of the ruined buildings and excavate the
foundations which may have become covered in the ghiaja (meaning
gravel, debris)]; and . . . that when they wish to take away
qualche (meaning 'a few')] pieces of stone with old inscriptions or
figures thereon, that no opposition be made thereto.
...The Pentelic marble, from which the sculptures are made,
naturally acquires a tan colour similar to honey when exposed to
air; this colouring is often known as the marble's patina but Lord
Duveen, who financed the whole undertaking, acting under the
misconception that the marbles were originally white probably
arranged for the team of masons working in the project to remove
discoloration from some of the sculptures.
... the assertion that fulfilling all restitution claims would
empty most of the world's great museums - this has also caused
concerns among other European and American museums, with one
potential target being the famous bust of Nefertiti in Berlin's
Neues Museum; in addition, portions of Parthenon marbles are kept
by many other European museums, so the Greeks would then establish
a precedent to claim these other artworks;
... Despite the British Museum's position on its ownership of
the marbles, in 1998, a poll carried out by Ipsos MORI asking If
there were a referendum on whether or not the Elgin Marbles should
be returned to Greece, how would you vote?
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Inside the Guide: Elgin Marbles, Ian Jenkins (curator),
Francesco Morosini, Dorothy King, British Museum Act 1963, British
Museum, Benin Bronzes, Bassae Frieze, Antonio Canova, Age of
Enlightenment, Acropolis Museum
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