Cornell Cast Collection
Cornell's plaster cast collection once comprised over 500 plaster casts of statues, statuettes, reliefs and inscriptions from the ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, and the lion's share from ancient Greece and Rome. In addition, casts of different objects from the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the 19th century formed part of the holdings. Their establishment as a comprehensive and genuinely academic resource - uncommon for North American Universities followed a European model and is to be understood in the context of 19th century positivism. With this enlargement, Cornell arguably owned one of the largest cast collections in this country. The database is one of the major steps of a new and ongoing project to restore and re-evaluate Cornell's cast from a scholarly, didactic and aesthetic point of view.