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Temple of Zeus, Athens


Temple of Zeus, Athens
27 cm x 18 cm, pastels over black biro on acid-free coloured-ground ‘Canson’ paper.
Date produced: 5th October 2002, while living at North Brighton (1992-2004).

Drawn on-site during a trip to Greece.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus would have been enormous. The height of the building would be about the same as a 4 or 5 storey modern building. The length of the base was about 100 metres.

At the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the columns have Corinthian capitals. This site was generally very quiet, with perhaps only about 20-30 people spread out over an area the size of about 3 or 4 football fields. It was a very pleasant spot to ponder the achievements of the past, and present.

I wanted to try to capture some of the colours reflecting off the ancient marble standing in the afternoon sunlight. I also wanted to get the general proportions set out accurately. I am happy with the resulting sense of light, and grace. This was produced on 5th October, our last day in Greece after returning from our visits to Spetses, Monemvassia, and Tripoli.

 

Detail 1:

Temple of Zeus, Athens - Detail 1

My image doesn’t look very graceful when seen close-up, but I had to work quickly.

 

Detail 2:

Temple of Zeus, Athens - Detail 2

 

Detail 3:

Temple of Zeus, Athens - Detail 3

 


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