The Cook: Elgin Marbles (Pr Only) Paperback – 1 Jul 1984
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When Ira Gershwin wrote the lyrics to "A Foggy Day," he expressed the "ne plus ultra" of London unhappiness with the words, 'The British Museum has lost its charm.' As a new series of paperbacks from Harvard University Press...demonstrates, such an unthinkable state must needs constitute the very slough of despond. The institution's vast range of artistic treasures is suggested by the titles in the series: "The Elgin Marbles," "Assyrian Sculpture," "Clocks and Watches," "Egyptian Sculpture," "Roman Britain," and "Egyptian Mummies," Each has numerous illustrations, [and] literate texts by Museum staff members.
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This book provides a good appreciation of the marbles themselves. However, the book would have benefited from an additional section featuring a reconstruction of how the marbles might have looked at the time of they were first displayed on the Parthenon. Also the book has only a short discussion about the art and craft of the stone masons who created these works without the assistance of modern stone cutting tools, and the limitations they faced in creating these sublime sculptures.
Lastly the author ignores the claims of the Greek government to their ownership, a topic which the author must have developed an opinion on over the years in his former role as Keeper of Greek Antiquities at the British Museum!
In the absense of his viewpoint, I would suggest that the author dreams of the day when the Elgin Marbles can be returned, perhaps as part of a scheme to reconstruct the Parthenon and the Acropolis complex with financial assistance from the British government?
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Then the naerrative moves to the sculptures themselves both in words and pictures. Very Informative. Might want to read with the Parthenon Enigma by Joan Connelly.
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