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The Parthenon by Frederic Edwin Church

The Parthenon, 1871

Frederic Edwin Church

This painting of the ruins of the Parthenon in Athens as they looked in 1871 is so realistic, you could easily mistake it for a photograph. A nearly intact column in the foreground gives way to a pile of rubble, with a tiny figure posed for scale. The skeletal yet majestic structure of the temple rises in full sunlight. In the century since the artist, Church, painted this image of his visit to Greece, the Parthenon has been considerably restored. This painting gives us is a snapshot of a time never to be seen again.

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