With eye on British Museum, Greece welcomes again historical artwork



ATHENS, Greece — Greece on Friday welcomed the return of historical artifacts from the Acropolis, furthering a marketing campaign to press the British Museum handy again a set of sculptures taken from the traditional website in Athens greater than 200 years in the past.

Tradition Minister Lina Mendoni led a ceremony Friday for the repatriation of three sculpture fragments — representing a horse and two male heads — from the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis which had been saved on the Vatican Museums.

“Initiatives like these present the way in which, how the items of the Parthenon will be reunited, therapeutic the injuries brought on by barbaric palms so a few years in the past,” Mendoni stated.

“This takes us to the simply and ethical demand of all the Greek individuals, and of this authorities and its prime minister, for the ultimate return of all of the sculptures of the Parthenon.” The fragments can be added to the gathering on the Acropolis Museum, which opened in 2009 on the foot of the traditional website within the heart of the Greek capital.

Mendoni stated Greece can be keen to lend the British museum historical Greek artifacts for exhibition to “fill the hole” if the marbles have been returned.

“Greece can’t acknowledge possession and possession by the British Museum as a result of it considers the sculptures to be there as a product of theft,” she stated.

The Vatican known as the return an ecumenical “donation” to Greece’s Orthodox Church, however the gesture added stress on the London museum to succeed in a settlement with Greece following a marketing campaign launched by Athens 40 years in the past.

“This act by Pope Francis is of historic significance and has a optimistic impression on all ranges … We hope it units an instance for others,” the chief of Greece’s Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos II, stated.

Greece argues that the Parthenon sculptures are on the core of its historical heritage, whereas supporters of the British Museum keep that their return may undermine museum collections and cultural range globally.

Carved within the fifth century BC, the sculptures from the Parthenon have been taken within the early nineteenth century by British diplomat Lord Elgin earlier than Greece received independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Tradition Ministry officers in Greece have performed down remarks made final month by British Museum chair George Osborne that the U.Ok. and Greece have been engaged on an association to show the Parthenon Marbles in each London and Athens.

Final yr one other marble sculptural fragment from the Parthenon temple — depicting a foot of the traditional Greek goddess Artemis — was returned to Athens from a museum in Palermo, Sicily.

Bishop Brian Farrell, a Vatican secretary for selling Christian unity, headed the visiting delegation to Athens and stated the return of the three fragments from the Vatican had been mentioned throughout a go to to Athens by Pope Francis in 2021.

“The gifting of the fragments of the Parthenon which had been held within the Vatican Museums for greater than two centuries, exhibits itself as cultural and social gesture of friendship and solidarity with the individuals of Greece,” Farrell stated.

“We guarantee you of our intimate pleasure on the realization of your official want to have the … fragments at dwelling of their hometown,” he added.

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