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date: 20 September 2019

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The many values carried by ancient artifacts and fragments continue to accumulate with the passage of time, making the process of conservation a dynamic response to changing fashions and developing knowledge. Past restoration practices illuminate contemporary approaches to conservation and help us to resolve the longstanding conflict between the need to understand accurately and the drive to restore. These two paths have traveled in parallel lines, sometimes overlapping and sometimes conflicting, for centuries. Each has influenced our views of the ancient world and has resulted in permanent changes to the surviving works of art. The transformations of a statue of a god in Dresden, variously restored as Alexander or Antinous, illustrate this process.

Keywords: restoration, conservation, fragments, collections, Dresden “Antinous”

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