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Lord Elgin and the Marbles$
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William St. Clair

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192880536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.001.0001

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‘The Damage is Obvious and Cannot be Exaggerated’

‘The Damage is Obvious and Cannot be Exaggerated’

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(p.281) 24 ‘The Damage is Obvious and Cannot be Exaggerated’
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Lord Elgin and the Marbles
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William St. Clair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0024

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

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