The Committee on Casts for the Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned this model of the Athenian Acropolis, which shows all the latest archaeological discoveries of the late nineteenth century. German archaeologist Ernst Curtius recommended the artist to the Committee, and Curtius and others (archaeologists Wilhelm Dörpfeld and Georg Kawerau, and the topographer Heinrich Kaupert) advised Walger on the model, which was completed in 1895. Within a few years, versions of the model, like this one, were part of the collections of museums and colleges throughout the United States and Europe. The metope, one of the best-preserved of the Elgin Marbles taken to the British Museum in the early 19th century, is from the south side of the Parthenon, and depicts a battle between a Lapith and a Centaur.
Rhys Carpenter Library Atrium
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