June 15, 1997
Bluma L. Trell,94, a scholar of ancient Greece, died Tuesday in Englewood, N.J. She was an expert on the Temple of Artemis, built about 550 B.C., and her reconstruction of it is on display at the British Museum.
August 23, 2003
The old joke is irresistible. How do you move a 3,400-year-old, 5,785-pound red granite lion? Very, very, very carefully, of course. Sculptor-rigger Roger Machin uncrates The Lion of Amenhotep III Reinscribed for Tutankhamun as gently as a new bride unwrapping an heirloom tea set. But with a lot more noise because he's using a power wrench. The Lion of Amenhotep is a star in Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art From The British Museum, which opens Sept. 21 at the Walters Art Museum.
May 30, 2000
ATHENS, Greece - They convened in Greece last week from more than a dozen countries to search for a way to "right a historic wrong" or, in a contrary view, "to open a Pandora's box of cultural nationalism." The occasion was the first international conference on "The Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles." The participants represented more than a dozen countries - all those of Western Europe, the United States, Australia, Canada, Israel, India, Japan and, of course, Greece. The bare facts of the issue are these: In 1801, Thomas Bruce, seventh earl of Elgin, became ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (which then controlled Greece)
November 9, 1994
The British Museum will create a permanent North American Gallery for its unique Native American collections with a $1.6 million grant from the Chase Manhattan Bank, the largest single corporate gift in the 241-history of the museum.In announcing the grant yesterday, Thomas Labrecque, chairman of the American bank, said "the sponsorship continues the bank's tradition of supporting the communities in which we do business and demonstrates our high regard for London and the United Kingdom.""Nothing could be happier for us than to announce this munificent gift," said Claus Moser, head of the museum's development trust.
June 18, 2002
ATHENS, Greece - In 1801, Thomas Bruce, the seventh Earl of Elgin and British ambassador to Constantinople, hit upon what he considered a splendid idea. The ancient Greek temple of the Parthenon - among the most famous buildings in the world - was decorated with a series of 17 marble figures and a 525-foot-long frieze depicting the ancient Greek gods and heroes. They didn't seem to be doing anybody any good at the 2,500-year-old edifice atop the Acropolis. So why not hammer them off and transport them to a place where they would be better appreciated - that is, England's green and pleasant land?
January 15, 2004
NOW OR NEVER The Walters Art Musuem's Eternal Egypt, the largest exhibit of Egyptian culture ever to visit Baltimore, will close on Sunday. If you can't fit a trip into your schedule this weekend, then stop by tonight for a last-minute peek at these treasures from the British Museum -- hours are extended until 8 p.m. tonight only. The Walters Art Museum is at 600 N. Charles St. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays- Sundays. For more information, call 410-547-9000 or visit www.thewalters.