‘The Damage is Obvious and Cannot be Exaggerated’

William St. Clair

in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Third edition

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780192880536
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670596 | DOI:
‘The Damage is Obvious and Cannot be Exaggerated’

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The Parthenon's sculptures had been shattered and scattered by several events such as war, invasion, neglect, souvenir hunting, and other such endeavours. They remained intact in terms of structure — their surfaces had been untouched and unmodified by man for at least fifteen hundred years. Most of these fragments were probably never repaired nor maintained until the temple was again restored for use. Fundamental changes to these sculptures' surfaces perhaps remain in their appearance since the paint and some of the metal has worn away. While some parts may still remain to have a glassy reflective surface, some of these have been covered in patina because of long-term air exposure. This chapter focuses mainly on the attributes of these scultpures and drawings and how these may or may not have changed throughout the years.

Keywords: Parthenon; sculptures; change; untouched surfaces; paint; metal attachments; air exposure

Chapter.  13962 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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