Essay On Thomas Bruce

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Who’s is it Anyways? Thomas Bruce, the seventh earl of Elgin took 56 pieces of the Parthenon's frieze, 15 mesotopes, and 17 pediment sculptures along with a caryatid and a column from a nearby temple, the erechtheion (Brysac, 74). Thomas had permits to take the pieces for he believed that they needed rescued . Some say he was stealing. On the way to England some of the pieces sank and remained for a few years before being restored. Then, in 1938, Lord Duveen ordered for the pieces to be prepared for display. Tools and other hard items were used to get a lot of the grime off of the statue. However the technique caused some breakage. Later, St. Clair decided that the honey brown color that was originally on the pieces should be put back onto the statues. Before any restoration could be done Britain went into World War II; therefore, they were restored underground during this time. Also, clamps were added to the temple to try and restore it, but it ended up rusting and cracking the structure. Alexandro Mantis claimed that the …show more content…

However, I believe that the art pieces are rightfully the Greeks. The pieces were taken from the Parthenon. The only issue is that the marbles were taken legally because Elgin had the permit to do so legally. As stated in the article “There is a Michaelangelo David. There is a Da Vinci Venus. There is a Praxiteles Hermes. There is a Turner Fisherman at sea. There are no Elgin Marbles!” Therefore, I do believe that the Elgin Marbles should not be called the Elgin Marbles, but The Parthenon Marbles because they are from Greece and that is the original name. The Elgin Marbles are only named that because the “owner” changed it and the Britains know that as its name now. I believe that the marbles no matter their name should be reunited with its original resting place, in Greece, no matter if there was a permit for removal involved in 1799-1802 (Bryson,

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