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List of illustrations

  • Saint-Gilles façade and Nike Apteros temple front, Hall of Architecture
  • Nike Apteros temple first restored on paper in 1834
  • The porch of the Siphnian Treasury and Nike of Samothrace in the Daru stairwell
  • Kensington Museum, Eastern Cast Court
  • Treppenhalle, Neues Museum, Berlin
  • Juxtaposing casts in London with deteriorating marbles in Athens
  • The Temporary Elgin Room
  • Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to His Friends
  • The northwest corner of the Parthenon under construction in the Cour vitrée at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
  • Assyria under construction
  • Pergamon casts offered from the firm Gebrüder Micheli, Berlin
  • Convention for promoting universally Reproductions of Works of Art for the benefit of Museums of all Countries
  • Convention for promoting universally Reproductions of Works of Art for the benefit of Museums of all Countries
  • Achaemenid Persian relief panels from the Hall of a Hundred Columns at Persepolis in storage
  • Student Surveying the Temple of Jupiter Stator at Rome
  • Veduta di Campo Vaccino
  • View of the Dome Area Looking East
  • Castor and Pollux colonnade, cork model
  • Scale model in plaster on mantel over the fireplace in the dining room and library
  • Napoleon and Joséphine visiting the Museum of French Monuments with Alexandre Lenoir, Gothic gallery
  • The cluttered interior of the Architectural Museum at Cannon Row, London
  • La Cour vitrée dans le Palais des études
  • La cour vitrée du Palais des études, avant 1884
  • Curating monuments in the gallery
  • Tracing of the ruin of the Temple of Castor and Pollux
  • Photograph of gallery from the Musée de sculpture comparée, Trocadéro
  • East pediment Temple of Zeus at Olympia over Erechtheion porch. Hall of Casts, Architecture Hall, view facing east
  • West pediment Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Hall of Casts: Architecture Hall, view facing west
  • Temple of Castor and Pollux, entablature and capital, gallery of casts (first floor, wing A, gallery 38)
  • Rebuilding the Castor and Pollux colonnade
  • La Cour vitrée: installation des colonnes monumentales après 1870
  • The Parthenon and the Castor and Pollux colonnade, today
  • The museum corridor with capital and other pieces from the Temple of Castor and Pollux
  • Twelfth-century gallery, Trocadéro
  • Young boy, Marcel’s age, admiring a plaster portal at the Trocadéro, Paris
  • Gare Saint-Lazare
  • Twelfth-and thirteenth-century galleries, Trocadéro
  • The Erechtheion caryatid purchased from the British Museum displayed in the twelfth-century gallery, adjacent to the smiling angel from Reims Cathedral, Trocadéro
  • French medieval portal depicted in a landscape
  • Portal, the abbey church Madeleine de Vézelay, Trocadéro
  • Smiling Angel, Reims Cathedral
  • Greek court, Crystal Palace
  • Karnak-inspired colonnade, Egyptian court, Crystal Palace
  • Storeroom with Artisans and Plaster Casts, Crystal Palace, Sydenham
  • Postcard showing director Camille Enlart, curator Jules Roussel, and chief molder Charles-Édouard Pouzadoux in the thirteenth-century gallery, Musée de sculpture comparée, Paris
  • Questionnaire
  • Brussels ruin
  • Broken bits of the Metropolitan’s Urnes portal in storage, New York
  • Trajan’s Column with stave church portals, Cast Courts
  • André Malraux editing and curating his imaginary museum
  • Photographs on the plinths of the Parthenon, Notre-Dame in Paris, the Pantheon, and the Arch of Constantine, and in the background, the Pantheon model at the Metropolitan
  • Children comparing the restored Parthenon model with contemporary photographs on the plinth
  • West portal, Saint-Pierre, Moissac
  • Postcard showing the woman selling postcards in the Trocadéro galleries at the north portal of the cathedral in Bourges
  • Building Portico de la Gloria at the South Kensington Museum, London
  • The central doorway of San Petronio Basilica in Bologna framing Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise in the Italian court
  • Installation photograph of cast of Trajan’s Column
  • The spiraling frieze of Trajan’s Column made from the same molds as the one in London, hung in a neon-lit corridor
  • Extract from the section on the Egyptian court
  • The Assyrian Court, Crystal Palace
  • The Urnes portal
  • Urnes drawing
  • Urnes drawing
  • South Kensington Museum, North Court, north-west corner, showing architectural casts, view towards Pisa Cathedral pulpit
  • Sauland portal as mounted in Brussels
  • Urnes portal
  • Resurrected Metropolitan Urnes portal
  • Angkor Wat fragments at the Musée Indochinois at the Trocadéro, Paris
  • The porch of the Siphnian Treasury and the Naxian Sphinx from the Apollo temple in Delphi in the Daru stairwell
  • Mode in which Young Memnon’s Head (Now in the British Museum) was removed by G. Belzoni
  • Rafts upon the Tigris
  • Group of moulders at work at the Kutb
  • Eastern gate of the Sanchi Tope, as displayed in Brussels
  • Transporting of Materials from Jabbalpur to Sanchi
  • Cablegram
  • Porch of the Treasury of the Siphnians, Hall of Architecture
  • Undated working plan for the purchasing of monuments
  • Untitled (Domestic)
  • Photograph of the west façade of the church in Saint-Gilles-du-Gard
  • Central portal, Saint-Gilles, Trocadéro, close-up
  • Central portal, Saint-Gilles, Trocadéro
  • Hand-drawn plan for the erection of the Nike Apteros portico
  • Facade of the Abbey Church of Saint-Gilles-du-Gard
  • Duplicating a reproduction. The Art Institute in Chicago making the Bordeaux portal for the Carnegie Institute
  • Panorama: the Well of Moses, Naxian Sphinx, Vesta temple column, Bordeaux portal, and Ghiberti’s Doors of Paradise
  • Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, Hall of Architecture
  • The original entrance from Forbes Avenue led straight into the Hall of Architecture
  • The original entrance from Forbes Avenue led straight into the Hall of Architecture
  • Bordeaux portal, Saint-Gilles façade, and Nike Apteros porch upon completion
  • After Fire, Yale Smolders
  • Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, with the Parthenon frieze and pedimental sculptures
  • Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, with the Parthenon frieze and pedimental sculptures
  • Robinson Hall with casts
  • Penthouse with Hatshepsut relief
  • Penthouse with Hatshepsut relief
  • Corduroy concrete
  • Punt reliefs from Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri
  • Punt reliefs at Yale
  • Tagged Minerva
  • Remains of the Ramses II Colossi, Abu Simbel after fire at Crystal Palace, Sydenham, December 30, 1866
  • Plaster cast seriality
  • Pausanias’s high-relief frieze of the temple of Apollo at Bassae from the British Museum
  • Library with panels from Luca della Robbia’s Cantoria
  • Library with panels from Luca della Robbia’s Cantoria
  • Luca della Robbia's Cantoria in wing C, room 24, looking southwest
  • Parthenon frieze in stairwell
  • Minerva
  • Shelved Athena Velletri head at Skylight Studios
  • Scallop shell and Gothic saint
  • Shell, subbasement
  • Shell, subbasement, close-up
  • Concrete cast struck from a scallop shell on Le Corbusier’s chapel at Ronchamp, close-up
  • Parthenon metopes and Sullivan frieze
  • Parthenon metopes and Sullivan frieze
  • King Ashurnasirpal II with a winged god worshipping the sacred tree (Nimrud, c. 870–860 BCE)
  • Egyptian reliefs, stairwell
  • Boris Johnson unveiling a replica of an arch from the Temple of Bel, Palmyra, at Trafalgar Square, London
  • The bicentennial exhibition Viollet-le-Duc, Visionary Archaeologist
  • Lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney advises Greek officials on return of Parthenon Marbles (2014), in front of the frieze of combined marbles and casts in the Acropolis Museum, Athens
  • Facsimile of Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding at Cana
  • Facsimile of the tomb of Seti I to be placed at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor
  • The Ethics of Dust: Trajan’s Column
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~~In 2009 I was invited to give a talk to an exclusive little group of Norwegian architects, Gamle arkitekters gruppe (Old Architects’ Group), the still-living masters of Norwegian modernism of Pritzker Prize laureate Sverre Fehn’s generation. Honored, I proposed the title “Svart gips” (”Black...
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~~The absentminded visitor drifts by chance into the Hall of Architecture at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, where astonishment awaits. In part, the surprise is the sheer number of architectural fragments: Egyptian capitals, Assyrian pavements, Phoenician reliefs, Greek temple porches, Hellenistic columns, Etruscan urns, Roman...
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~A watercolor from the early nineteenth century depicts a British gentleman impeccably dressed in a gray frock coat, beige breeches, white stockings, delicate black shoes, and a top hat. Holding a rod, he is balancing high up on a simple ladder...
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~Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time was written and published as the tide was turning against the plaster monuments.The first volume of À la recherche du temps perdu was published in 1913. The publication of volume 2 was delayed by World War I, and the last...
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~In Brussels, a lofty room furnished with simple wooden shelves from floor to ceiling is completely filled with broken fragments. All kinds of associations spring to mind, from natural disasters and phantasmagoric ruins to large-scale contemporary art installations with archival inclinations. In the somber daylight falling from a...
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~~Who would think twice about the person who commissioned a monument? queried a feisty, anonymous contributor to the New York Times in 1890: “Much more certainly and oftener will he be recalled if...
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~~Witness the dramatic spectacle: a photograph of Minerva looking down at the burned-out interior of the Art and Architecture Building at Yale University in June 1969 (figure 89). It is a spectacle with an allegorical...
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~~In 1764, Johann Joachim Winckelmann concluded his History of the Art of Antiquity by characterizing this history in the making as a history of destruction. He compared his account of the art of antiquity to a contemplation of the collapse of...
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