The Parthenon at CSI:
Restoration and Preservation of the Plaster Casts of the Frieze

West VIII Restored * Proposed Re-Installation * More about Casts * Home
Parthenon Casts at CSI The College of Staten Island owns twelve panels of casts from the Parthenon Frieze, and a grant from the Honorable Matthew Mirones enabled the College to begin restoration work on these casts. In June 2006, restoration work began on the West VIII cast at CSI, with the sculptor Theresa Robb restoring the cast, supervised by Prof. Sandra Gambetti. On Sep. 20, 2006, the restored West VIII cast was installed in the CSI Library Rotunda in a temporary exhibition.
Giust Gallery Collecton of the Caproni Casts

Caproni Cast History
"Florentine master craftsman Pietro Caproni created quality reproductions during the last two decades of the 19th century, when he traveled through Europe making molds directly from masterpieces in museums such as the Louvre, the Vatican, the Uffizi, and the British Museum. Caproni was one of the last to be allowed to cast directly from museum pieces."

Institute of Classical Architecture Casts

Unrestored frieze cast at the ICA
"A grand footnote in the history of one of the city's great institutions will soon become a vital part of the Institute. In May 2004, Phillippe de Montebello formalized a transfer to the ICA&CA by the Metropolitan Museum of Art of some 125 architectural and sculptural plaster casts from its reknowned collection."

City College casts at the Onassis Center

Catalog of the City College Casts
"For the first time in its history, the City College's restored Parthenon Marbles Cast Collection is on view in the atrium of Olympic Tower, on a long-term loan to the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA). The collection was acquired by the City College in 1852 from the British Museum in London and was one of the first sets of Parthenon marbles casts to come to the United States."

West Frieze VIII restored at Berkeley

Berkeley and Bay Area Casts
"Two collections of plaster casts exist in the San Francisco Bay Area. One collection came to the University of California in the period 1902-1904 from museums in Europe by the gift of Phoebe Apperson Hearst. The second group, 27 in number, was given to the City and Country of San Francisco in 1915 by the Greek State; these have now been given to the Classics Department of UCB... The situation began to change in the Spring of 2003 when 21 casts (7 from the Hearst collection, 21 from the Classics department) were repaired and restored."

Frieze casts at the Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum Cast Gallery
"The creation of a systematic cast collection, for academic research and teaching purposes, began in the 1880s with the emergence of the new discipline of Classical Archaeology... The Cast Gallery today contains some 900 plaster casts of statues, architectural sculptures and reliefs of the Greek and Roman periods."

British Museum on the Sculptures

Cleaning and Controversy
"Room 18 is also known as the Duveen gallery. Here... the sculptures from the Parthenon are exhibited, along with other relevant material. The temple of Athena Parthenos (the maiden), known as the Parthenon, was built on the Akropolis in Athens probably between 447 and 438 BC, though the sculptures were perhaps not finished until about 432BC... The magnificent relief frieze showing the Panathenaic procession decorated the outside of the cella or main room of the temple at a high level, and therefore originally had to be viewed through the colonnade."

Basel Sculpture Hall

Parthenon Sculpture Gallery from USC
Parthenon projects and casts from around the world.



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