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Berlin Antiquities Collection

Masterpieces of Classical Sculpture

by Scholl, Andreas

The collection of antiquities at Berlin is one of the most significant in the world. The sculptures contained in it are the main attractions of Berlin’s Museum Island, where they are exhibited in the Old Museum, the New Museum and the Pergamon Museum. In this generously illustrated book, Andreas Scholl, director of the Antiquities Collection, gives a brilliant account of the stone, bronze and terracotta sculptures of the three Houses and introduces their masterpieces.

These include the ‘Goddess of Berlin’, ‘Praying Boy’, ‘Green Caesar’, the image of Cleopatra, and the absolute pinnacle of the collection, the extraordinary sculptural decoration of the Great Altar of Pergamon. The book offers artistic and technical detail on statues and reliefs and also explains their cultural context: their functions on graves, in public spaces or inside shrines. As we contemplate Greek, Cypriot, Etruskan and Roman sculptures, we thus attain a short history of the classical art of sculpture. Finally, Scholl also presents the 350 year history of the collection, which, after WWII and German partitition, is now reunited on the Museum Island.

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