GEORGE CLOONEY ABOUT ELGIN MARBLES
Under the title “Is George Clooney correct? Should Britain return the Elgin Marbles?” the newspaper Guardian publishes a referendum. George Clooney, in an interview for his new film, which deals with the return of pieces of art stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War, was asked for his opinion about the Parthenon Marbles. The famous actor replied that it would be “very good” if the British Museum returned the Parthenon Marbles back to Greece .
The “Elgin” marbles were removed between 1801 and 1805 by Lord Elgin, ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. The sculptures were transferred to the British Museum in 1916 and are of the most important exhibits since, attracting millions of visitors every year. The collection includes some of the sculptures of the pediments, the metopes depicting battles between the Lapiths and the Centaurs, but also of the Parthenon frieze that adorned the upper walls of the nave of the church throughout their entire length, as well as items from the Erechtheion, the Propylaea and the Temple of Athena Niki.
The results of the survey of Guardian have so far spectacular results. 87% of people who voted all over the world support the view of the actor, ie agree with the return of the marbles in their natural environment. Only 13 % seems to be indifferent or to support that the marbles stay in the British Museum.