East Facade of the Parthenon from "The Acropolis of Athens"

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Artist

William Stillman, American, 1828-1901

Title

East Facade of the Parthenon from "The Acropolis of Athens"

Keywords

Photograph

Date

1869, book published 1870

Medium/Dimensions

Carbon print
7 1/16 x 9 7/16 in. (18 x 24 cm)

Object Number

2002.011.007

Description

The caption for plate 18 in Stillman's book reads, "General view of the summit of the Acropolis, from the extreme eastern point, showing the Erecthium at the right, and in the distance, at the left the Egean. The Parthenon occupies the centre." He omits mention of the Frankish tower which is also clearly visible just to the left of the Parthenon.

This image is a combination print, made from two negatives, one for the sky and one for features of the Acropolis. The photographic emulsions used at this time were very sensitive to the blue rays of the spectrum, and, thus, when the negative was exposed long enough to record the landscape, the sky was always overexposed and uniformly cloudless. The technique of combining two negatives was devised in the 1850s. Its use by Stillman is indicative of his original and painterly approach to photography.
Caption for the plate: General view of the summit of the Acropolis, from the extreme eastern point, showing the Erecthium at the right, and in the distance, at the left the Egean.
The Acropolis of Athens

Credit Line

Gift of William Knight Zewadski

Exhibits/Publications

The Eye of Greece: Athens in Nineteenth-Century Photographs, Michael C. Carlos Museum, September 25 - November 24, 2004|
Modern and Contemporary Masters: Highlights from the Works on Paper Collection, Michael C. Carlos Museum, January 24 - May 17, 2009|
In Search of Noble Marbles: The Earliest Travelers to Greece. Michael C. Carlos Museum, January 14 - April 9, 2017|
MCCM Newsletter, September - November 2002.|
Michael C. Carlos Museum: Highlights of the Collections (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2011), 144.

Rights

© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2006.
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No

Citation

William Stillman, American, 1828-1901, “East Facade of the Parthenon from "The Acropolis of Athens",” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 16, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/8030.

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