on 22/7/03 3:55 pm, Paul Barford at [log in to unmask] wrote:
> John Woodgate writes:
>> Yes: for the general public, replicas should be quite acceptable.
> Well, the fact that they are not is of course demonstrated by this whole
> dispute in the first place. If the replicas were just as likely to generate
> tourist income, one of the parties in both disputes would have settled for
> good copies years ago.
> Paul Barford
The issue of replicas struck me last weekend when I was in Durham. The 12th
century sanctuary ring on the door has been replaced by a replica and the
original taken into the Treasury. A panel close by makes clear what has
happened. Regrettable, but the right thing to do, and not greatly reducing
the aesthetic impact. Would it be impossible to make replicas of the Elgin
marbles and refix them to the Parthenon, thus restoring some of the context?
Are there not plaster casts from Tra jan's column in the Victoria and Albert
Museum which are easier to see, and in that sense better, than the original