terça-feira, 9 de dezembro de 2014

Athens angry with British loan of Parthenon statue to the Hermitage

The statue in question represents the god Ilisos and belongs to the so-called Elgin Marbles, claimed for years by the Greek authorities in London.

To Richard Lambert, of the London Museum, the loan did not have anything special: "we borrowed parts. Last year, the British Museum lent more than 5000 objects to 330 museums from around the world. If the object can travel and we are certain that coming back, if we are certain that goes to an institution that will love him and show it to the public, so we're happy to do it. "

However, until now, the statue in question never left the London Museum, where it was in the early 19th century, after the Earl of Elgin, having withdrawn from the Greek Parthenon, in that today, many countries consider as a robbery. London, for its part, claims that the parts were purchased.

For the Greek authorities, the loan to the Hermitage is a provocation, especially since London refuses to return the pieces to Athens claiming, among other things, that are too fragile to travel.

The statue is open to the public, in Russia, until the day 18 and then will return to the British Museum, which holds 56 bas-reliefs and 19 statues that once decorated the Parthenon, on the Acropolis, Athens.

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