The British Museum (Den of Thieves)


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September 27th 2013
Published: October 1st 2017
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Allison and I went to town in the morning to the British Museum, mostly so I could see the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles. The museum was busy but not crowded, and we were able to see most exhibits without crowds. I took photos of the people taking photos of the Rosetta Stone. With all of the reflection, it was hard to see the stone, but the crowds were very visible. The Elgin Marbles were nice. I wasn't super-excited by them. Most interesting were the missing bits. The BM has a torso, but the head is in Germany. Or Athens. In one case, the horse's tail is in Athens, but the rest of the horse is in the British. Also, lots of faces had been chiseled off … very clear deliberately and from the same angle. We could see nothing on the tombstones about the missing faces, but I read later that they were removed by the early Christians. I could believe that. I could also believe it was the Ottomans. It is sad, of course, because the faces are always so interested. Also interesting was that the casts of the marbles made in the early 19th century are more complete than the current marbles. Many bits have disappeared over the years.

I enjoyed the Roman artifacts more. I think the Roman art shows so much more personality and individuality than the Greek art. I took many pix of faces of sculptures that will not come out and look too flat. Sad.

We had a lovely lunch at a very reasonable Thai restaurant nearby. Then we walked and walked (about five miles) through Covenant Garden to Victoria Station. Then took the train home. In the evening, we sat and talked and talked and talked. It was very pleasant.


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