Replicas of Famous Monuments of the Past

By: Alessandro Pezzati

Originally Published in 2012

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Bronze casts and plaster reproductions were featured in this 1905 exhibit at the Museum.
Bronze casts and plaster reproductions were featured in this 1905 exhibit at the Museum.

Reproductions of famous monuments were an important part of the Museum’s educational mission in its early years, before the increasing number of original objects displaced the plaster and bronze replicas. In this photograph from 1905 are important plaster casts, including the frieze of the Parthenon. Bronze sculptures, reproductions of originals discovered at Pompeii and Herculaneum, were made by the Chiurazzi foundry of Naples. The bronzes were purchased by John Wanamaker, the department store magnate and generous supporter of the Museum, and today, many can be found in the Roman gallery.

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Pezzati, Alessandro. "Replicas of Famous Monuments of the Past." Expedition Magazine 54, no. 3 (December, 2012): -. Accessed April 16, 2024. https://www.penn.museum/sites/expedition/replicas-of-famous-monuments-of-the-past/


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