Well, yes, copies are not the originals - but I defy anyone to go into the
Cast courts at the V&A and not come away impressed and awed and amazed at
the energy of the Victorian plaster casters.
The point about the Elgin marbles would be that marbles could be brought
together for the first time since Elgin removed them.
The replicas could be placed in a setting that might give a better
impression of how they were originally seen - in a way that might seem
'crass' if the originals were so employed. The BM and the Acropolis could
then alternate their displays from:
Originals - concentration on the objects as venerated objects of sublime art
Replicas - shown in their context
But would the Greeks give them back!
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Hooker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 8:54 PM
Subject: Re: Artefacts removed from context
> John Woodgate writes:
> >>I'm not sure replicas are seen as acceptable - they can be pretty poor
> >OK, I presumed excellent replicas. with all the forces of modern
> >technology applied.
> Early 21st century replicas might look convincingly ancient to us now, but
> in future generations they will look early 21st century. Such is the
> of replicas or fakes, they look like what the people of the time think
> those things look like, but it is not a replica of the object. It is a
> replica of a contemporary observation of the object. Copies can be dated
> their style -- something that is almost impossible to describe after the
> fact, and totally impossible to perceive at the time it is made.
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