Restorer-Conservators Seeking Historical Close-Up Photographs of a Statue of the Archaeologist Winckelmann

Blog entry from 09/18/2020

Source: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Statue of the archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann
Statue of the archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann
Copyright: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Andres Kilger

Restorer-conservators and staff at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin face an unusual challenge. They are searching for black-and-white photographs of a sculpture currently being restored. The work in question is a statue of the archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann that stood in the portico of the Altes Museum (Old Museum) from 1840 to 1935.

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