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Pergamon Museum, Berlin - 66 Masterpieces (Scala's Masterpieces) Paperback – August 1, 2006


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  • Series: Scala's Masterpieces
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scala Arts Publishers Inc. (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857593324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857593327
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Menachem Rephun on July 4, 2006
Archaelogical museums hold a peculiar fascination, the relics and monuments they contain shedding valuable light on our collective human history, on those who preceded us and the future that lies ahead. There is, I think, a basic need in all humans to connect with distant forebears through that which they left behind, to transcend time and achieve immortality through art. The best historical museums are able to tap into these feelings, and the Pergamon museum in Berlin is no doubt among the most effective at doing so.
The museum is divided into three comprehensive sections, each dealing with Ancient Greek, Persian, and Egyptian artifacts, respectively. A few of the works, particularly those of the Greeks, are late Roman reproductions, though none are less than a thousand years old. Many of the works, particularly the busts, friezes, and statues, have been inevitably ravished by time, and have been preserved in a rather imperfect state. But rather than detracting from their worth, however, the disfigurement of these artifacts only contributes to their intense fascination and beguiling mytery. The layout of the museum, despite the occasional unwelcome intrusion of the modern world (in one room, for example, a marvelous bronze statue is positioned awkwardly beside a conspicuous red sign), is arranged so that not only the relics themselves, but the atmosphere in they were created, is distinctly conveyed, giving one a sense of how doubly glorious they must have been in their complete form.
Immediately, the Pergamon draws one into a world distant from and yet bearing many resemblances to our own. Murals depicting soldiers, royalty, the dead, are especially poignant. Yet perhaps most telling of all is the layout of the museum.
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