By the Artist — Dimitris Antonopoulos
In these works I aim to honour the call to return these important cultural artefacts, to help create a deeper connection for both Hellenes and Philhellenes to the importance of First Nations identity and cultures, and create an awareness of them in our hearts and in our homes.
About The Parthenon Marbles
The Parthenon Marbles, are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures that were removed from the Parthenon in Athens by the 7th Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, between 1801 and 1812. The sculptures were taken to the British Museum in London, where they have been on display since 1817.
The Parthenon Marbles are widely considered to be amongst the finest surviving examples of ancient Greek art. They depict a variety of scenes, including the gods of Greek mythology, scenes from the life of the Greek gods and goddesses, and scenes from the life of everyday Athenians. The sculptures were originally part of the Parthenon, an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, the patron goddess of Athens.
The Parthenon was built in the 5th century BCE and is an iconic symbol of the city of Athens. The Parthenon Marbles were removed from the Parthenon by Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, between 1801 and 1812. He was given permission to take the sculptures by the Ottoman Empire, which controlled Athens at the time.
Elgin intended to sell the marbles to the British Museum; however, he was unable to do so as the Museum refused to pay the asking price. Elgin instead sold them to the British Government for a much lower price, who then donated them to the Museum.
The removal of the Parthenon Marbles from their original location has been controversial ever since. Many people see the removal of the sculptures as an act of cultural imperialism, as Elgin was taking them from their homeland and placing them in a foreign museum. In recent years, there has been increased pressure on the British Museum to return the Marbles to Athens.
Learn more about the Parthenon Marbles
How did the Parthenon Marbles end up in the British Museum (Artnews, 2021)
Parthenon Marbles: The case for return
(Future Learn, University of Glasgow, 2022)
Is the British Museum's stance shifting on Parthenon Marbles? (The Guardian, 2022)
Greece and UK agree to discuss repatriation of Parthenon Marbles (ArtForum, 2022)
The history of the Parthenon Marbles
(Greek Reporter, 2021)