Acropolis now!

Whilst in Athens, I couldn’t not go to the Acropolis Museum. In fact, it was the very first museum I set foot in during my stay in the Greek capital. Funnily enough, my visit to Athens coincided with Greek Orthodox Easter as well as a couple of other Public Holidays, which meant that there was…

What’s going on with the Parthenon Marbles?

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person asking this right now. When the British Museum announced their controversial decision to loan a piece of the Parthenon sculptures to the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, I’m certain I wasn’t alone in thinking “What the what?”. Yes, it was a generous gesture to an “almost twin”…

Pergamonmuseum: Altars and Gates

According to figures released in 2007, Berlin’s Pergamommuseum is the most visited art museum in Germany, welcoming over a million visitors each year: 1,135,000 to be almost exact. To put that into perspective, here are some visitor number stats from UK Museums.  It seems that most of these visitors chose to go on the same day…

Ode on a Grecian Marble 2: The Curse of Minerva

Exciting title isn’t it? It kind of sounds like a sequel to one of the better class of action/adventure movies, with that in mind it’s time to hold on to your potatoes as my latest Adventure in Museum Land takes us back to where our last one left off, with the famous Parthenon Marbles. In…

Ode on a Grecian Marble.

In my last post, I got a little bit carried away with the references to Shelley’s Ozymandias because I was taken by the fact that an object that had been taken completely out of context could still provoke such a strong reaction. This got me thinking… what other objects have inspired poets? Only a room…