Saturday, 8 October 2011

Re-construct Pompeii?

If you like reconstructions you should read Simon Jenkins' article on The Guardian (29/09/2011) arguing for the restoration of Pompeii. Actually, if you don't like reconstructions you should read it as well, but do so at your own risk!
Jenkins suggests that if we can restore a painting we can restore Pompeii, mainly because it is 'heartbreaking to see it decaying'. He seems to think he knows all about conservation philosophy and the disadvantages caused by what he calls the 'conserve as found' maxim. Somehow Ruskin and Viollett-le-Duc came to my mind...
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