Mrs Clooney is all up in my pediment!

We’ve known each other long enough now, I think, for you to have noticed that I’m a talking temple. NBD, right?

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But something’s missing. In fact, it’s been missing for a couple of hundred years now.

In case you’re not familiar with my story, back in 1811 the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, of which Greece was then a part – a certain Lord Elgin – carved off me bits, and shipped ’em over to London! How very undignified! Long story short, they’re now in the British Museum, where they’re known as the Elgin Marbles.

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British Museum’s Elgin Marbles gallery

My Grecian brothers and sisters would quite like me to have not lost my Marbles. They’ve been trying to get them back for decades. So imagine our delight when one Mrs Amal Alamuddin Clooney turned up in Athens to see if anyone knew of any just cause or impediment as to why I should not get my pediment back.

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At the Acropolis Museum (a visit to which I cannot recommend highly enough, though I appreciate I am biased)

She’s looking to launch a legal case on Greece’s behalf – but needless to say, the British Museum isn’t planning to hand them over any time soon. They worry that it would set a dangerous precedent, potentially emptying out many of the world’s major museums.

Having top lawyer Mrs C on your case is going to up its profile, once again. And of course Mr C is a total expert, cos he once made a film about something a bit similar, sort of, like.

I’m made of stone, of course, so it’s tough for me to summon up any emotion. It can get a bit drafty around the ears though, without all them horses and gods and monsters.

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18 Responses to Mrs Clooney is all up in my pediment!

  1. facetaco says:

    I hope this is an elaborate set-up for a prank by Mr. Alamuddin.

  2. artdorkgirl says:

    So, as a teaching fellow for introduction to art history, I would just like to point out that “Greece losing the Elgin Marbles” encourages professors to make the same pun OVER AND OVER.

    And although I am generally for repatriation when it comes to sacred artifacts and othe items of cultural patrimony (Native cultures especially), I’m on the British Museum’s side here. The greeks were using you (a majestic temple) to store guns, cannons, and explosives! And frankly, the Italian government (which is not in as much of financial crisis as Greece at the moment) is not taking care of their historical sites and museums AT ALL. So, if things are in a well-funded and well-regulated insititution, I’m all for it until they can build an appropriate home. Then they can have it back.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      Sorry. I have a lot of feelings about museums. And there are very strict laws in place now, so what was cool in the 19th century wouldn’t fly today.

      • gnidrah says:

        Artdorkgirl, I pretty much wrote this with you in mind 🙂 So feel away!

      • gnidrah says:

        Also, though I am split 50/50 on this one, the new Acropolis Museum is a very good institution. When I was a kid, my dad (you remember him, one pair of trousers?) used to make jokes about Greece not being able to look after its heritage, but I think they/we are very aware now that it’s their/our meal ticket.

        On the other hand, yes, you would have a lot of empty museums. The Pergamon in Berlin, for example, would be a little old man in a ticket booth and not much more. But then also I look at Egypt and it breaks my heart on all the levels.

        • artdorkgirl says:

          It’s just a slippery slope. How do you decide what gets to stay and what gets to go? Especially if they were obtained legally at the time (illegally is another matter, which again is a large part, here in the states, of the Native American repatriation process). I understand the government wants stuff back to boost tourism dollars and enhance national pride, but there has to be a careful precedent set, otherwise any donation could be recalled by the donor becuase they changed their mind.

        • gnidrah says:

          For sure. It would be impossible. But I have to say, with the Clooneys (not to mention Geoffrey Robertson QC) in their corner, the Greeks have played an absolute blinder. It could not make the British Museum look worse in the court of public opinion. In my *cough* 33 years I have seen this play out many times, but this time… this time something may just happen.

    • mrsberesford says:

      I worked at a museum where this was an especially touchy issue because of the repatriation of the Lydian hoard, which was such a face palm for the art world! For newcomers to the debate, the Met bought a whole bunch of artifacts known to have been looted from Turkey, and subsequently fought a long and ultimately unsuccessful legal battle to keep the pieces. They were returned to Turkey (which in general I support!) but their new home didn’t have anything like the security of a huge institution like the Met, and at least one of the major pieces was later found to have been stolen and replaced with a fake. It took a couple years for anyone to notice. And then all the British and American museums were like, “SEE! We TOLD you!” and it was a thing.

  3. old man fatima says:

    Wait, what. Clooney got married?! Literally my only source of news is this blog, I can’t believe you guys let me down. Way to bury the lede, gnidrah.

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