The Parthenon  1871

by Frederic Edwin Church

Church visited Greece in 1869 and spent several weeks in Athens. There, he painted numerous studies and oil sketches of the ruins of the Parthenon that later served as the basis for this work. Although he intended to paint a large canvas of the Parthenon while still in Greece, it was not until 1871 that a commission from the financier and philanthropist Morris K. Jesup per...
44 1/2 x 72 5/8 in. (113 x 184.5 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art