The permanent collection of the Star Fortress in Komárom arose out of the copies of sculptures found in the plaster cast collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. For many people, the word “copy” has negative connotations, perceived as a mere reflection of the more precious “original” work. The copies of sculptures exhibited here, however, once played a leading role in presenting the history of sculpture. The plaster casts of the major relics of European sculpture were artworks of full value in museums around the world from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. They did not only substitute for the original statues and monuments; rather, they embodied the art of the past. Yet in the twentieth century the perceived worth of such copies declined, and many plaster cast collections — including the one in Budapest — were neglected: the casts tended to be placed in storage, and many items were damaged or even destroyed. Under the auspices of the Liget Budapest Project and as part of the new exhibition at the renovated Star Fortress in Komárom, the plaster casts of the former collection of the Museum of Fine Arts have received a new opportunity — after many aimless decades — to show their true worth: once again they can fulfill an important role in passing on the culture of bygone ages. In consequence of the careful restoration work, the outstanding sculptures of classical antiquity, medieval and Renaissance periods can be studied in Komárom as a kind of “cultural trail”. The three hundred or so lifelike plaster casts in the exhibition equip us to observe characteristic traits and connections that could not be shown in a single conventional exhibition because, for instance, of the immovability of most of the original sculptures.