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All’s Effectively That Ends Effectively: Sardis on the Victoria and Albert Museum | April 2022 (126.2)


The Victoria and Albert Museum in London owns two watercolors that depict the Temple of Artemis at Sardis with its two absolutely standing columns as they appeared within the early nineteenth century. The museum catalogue acknowledged that the finer of the 2, exhibiting a dramatic stormy view by Clarkson Stanfield (1834–35), a distinguished artist who had by no means been to Sardis, was primarily based on the second, a crude sketch allegedly made on the spot by one “Mr. Maude,” in any other case unknown. Stanfield’s image exhibits development and decorative particulars distinctive to the Sardis columns and capitals, whereas the “Maude” exhibits none of those nor does it current an accurate view of the panorama. Because it grew to become clear that the Maude watercolor couldn’t have served as a mannequin for Stanfield, our findings have been introduced to the museum, whose Prints and Drawings Division specialists, after some scholarly communication, graciously acknowledged the error and proceeded to amend {the catalogue}. That is gratifying. Nonetheless, this incident provides a possibility to underscore the advantages of multidisciplinary cooperation. Within the bigger image, we specialists of kindred disciplines—archaeologists, artwork and architectural historians, and museum curators—share the identical targets and possess information and values price sharing.

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