Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Parthenon Sculptures

In relation to my last post about the modern William Mitchell mural discovered on the Cavendish Hotel, I have been making repeated visits to the British Museum, and in doing so rediscovered the beauty of these amazing ancient wall murals from the Parthenon. They were formerly, and contentiously known as the Elgin Marbles, but given the ensuing arguments about the legitimacy of their acquisition, are now rather sensibly recognised as the Parthenon sculptures. What is not in dispute however, is the beauty and craftsmanship in their carving. The sense of movement evoked by the sculptural skills of the craftsmen in the horses and drapery of the clothes is a triumph. Simply breathtaking!

The Parthenon Sculptures
The British Museum
Great Russell Street