Archive for Athens

Athens in Old Postcards

Posted in Greece, Postcards with tags on October 14, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
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Ideale Ansicht der Akropolis und des Areopags in Athen

Posted in Architecture, Greece, Painting with tags , , on October 13, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
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Leo von Klenze
oil on canvas, 1846
Neue Pinakothek, Munich

The Acropolis

Posted in Architecture, Greece, Photo with tags , , on October 12, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Félix Bonfils
photograph, c. 1868-75
Princeton University Library
We find this a particularly evocative old view of the Acropolis, across mostly vacant fields now embedded in the hectic center of modern Athens; and we imagine the generations of slow feet that carved the path between the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the rustic buildings in the foreground. The next time we visit Athens, which will hopefully be soon, we will search for traces of that lost road.

The Parthenon

Posted in Greece with tags , , , on October 11, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Frederick Church
oil on canvas, 1871
The Metropolitan Museum

Perhaps Aphrodite

Posted in Art, Greece, Object with tags , , on September 8, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Unknown sculptor
Marble head of a goddess, c. 5th – 4th century BC
Acropolis Museum, Athens

Ludwig Lange in Griechenland

Posted in Greece, Painting with tags , , on September 7, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Ludwig Lange, Die Akropolis von Athen zur Zeit des Perikles
Die Akropolis von Athen zur Zeit des Perikles
Ludwig Lange, Athen und die Akropolis von Nordwesten, 1836
Athen und die Akropolis von Nordwesten
Ludwig Lange, Blick von Sikyon auf Korinth, 1835-36
Blick von Sikyon auf Korinth
Ludwig Lange, Korinth mit dem Apollontempel, 1834-35
Korinth mit dem Apollontempel
Ludwig Lange, The Harbour of Piraeus, c. 1834-37sm
Der Hafen von Piräus

Ludwig Lange was one of many German artists and architects who flocked to Greece after the accession of the modern state’s first king, the Bavarian Otto. Lange lived in Athens from 1834 to 1838, working as a drawing teacher and a royal inspector of buildings, and made some fine watercolours of contemporary views, as well as ideal reconstructions of the city’s ancient glory.

Athens in 1829 & 1835

Posted in Drawing, Greece, Writing with tags , , on September 6, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Franz Heger, View of Athens, 1829
Franz Heger
View of Athens, 1829

This charming view of the little town of Athens, clustered around the mighty Acropolis, was presumably made from the hill of Lycabettus, looking southwest toward Piraeus and the islands of the Saronic Gulf beyond. We found it at this website where it accompanies a very atmospheric firsthand account of Athens by one Bettina Schinas, who moved to the city in 1835.