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Antiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin's Pergamon Museum

Can Bilsel


Reconstructing the lost monuments of Antiquity became, after 1800, a complement to Europe's colonial imagination. Countless archaeologists and architects travelled to the East, excavated extinct cities, and shipped their finds to Europe for display in imperial museums. This book is a critical biography of Berlin's Pergamon Museum and its popular architectural displays: the Great Altar of Pergamon, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon. The book argues that the museum has produced a modern décor, an iconic image, which has replaced the lost antique originals, rather than cr ... More

Keywords: Antiquity, Berlin, Pergamon Museum, Market Gate of Miletus, Ishtar Gate of Babylon, reproduction, authentification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Can Bilsel, author
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art, Architecture and Art History, University of San Diego