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Du Voyage à l'exploration : les premières années du voyage de Carl Haller von Hallerstein en Grèce 1810-1813

Abstract : Carl Haller von Hallerstein (1774-1817), German architect and artist, was one of the first European travelers to take part in the rediscovery of Greek antiquity in the early nineteenth century. While he had left Bavaria in 1807 to go to Italy and complete his training, he made friends with other Europeans artists who convince him to embark for Greece. Arrived in Athens in 1810, he stayed in the country for more than seven years, the first three years of his stay mark a turning point in his career. With his group of friends, Carl Haller von Hallerstein participates in the discovery of the statues of the temple of Aphaïa in Aegina and the frieze of the temple of Bassae in Arcadia. Shocked by Lord Elgin’s excesses, Haller von Hallerstein and his companions decided nevertheless to sell the results of their excavations. Meanwhile they participate in the competition at work between the great powers at the time of the awakening of the nations. The action of Carl Haller von Hallerstein and his relatives, such as Robert Cockerell or Olaf Brönstedt give a decisive impuls to the emergence of scientific methods of archeology. Their group gathered under the name Xeneoin is distinguished by careful taking of surveys, attention to the sites explored and a willingness to share their conclusions. The National and university library of Strasbourg retains most of Carl Haller von Hallerstein's archives, and they testify to this quest to make Greek antiquities known a few years before the upheavals at work in Greece.
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Jérôme Schweitzer. Du Voyage à l'exploration : les premières années du voyage de Carl Haller von Hallerstein en Grèce 1810-1813. Histoire. Paris, Ecole nationale des chartes, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020ENCP0002⟩. ⟨tel-02475994⟩

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