Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Lord Elgin and the Marbles$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 28 October 2020

‘The Damage is Obvious and Cannot be Exaggerated’

‘The Damage is Obvious and Cannot be Exaggerated’

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

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .