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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Parthenon

Today we arrive at British Museum’s Parthenon for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The British Museum in London famously houses large portions of the Greek Parthenon in one of its galleries. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Iris ,438-432 BC, by Unknown
2. Dionysos, 438-432 BC, by Unknown
3. Horsemen, 438-432 BC, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some facts about the Museum :

  • The Parthenon was an ancient Greek temple devoted to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warcraft. It was originally located in Athens.
  • The Parthenon was constructed around 432 BC and partially destroyed during a Venetian siege on Athens in 1687.
  • In the early 19th century, Athens was part of the Ottoman Empire. At the time, Lord Elgin was a visiting British Ambassador who had been granted the right to remove sculptural and architectural elements from the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis. Since then, the sculptures have been part of the British Museum’s collection in London, far away from their original home.
  • Over the years, there have been several requests for the restitution of the Parthenon sculptures, but to no avail.
  • The Parthenon marbles are also sometimes referred to as the Elgin marbles, after the man who took them from Greece to London.
  • The collection of marbles at the British Museum includes 17 pedimental figures, 15 metopes and a large portion of the original frieze.

A Final Thought :

Whether you are for or against the restitution of the ‘Elgin Marbles’, or you simply don’t have an opinion on the topic, we insist you visit this particular gallery at the British Museum. The sculptures are absolutely captivating. Listen in silence to the tales they tell – of times bygone.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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