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Parthenon Fragment - Item #16

$ 450.00

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38 Inches High x 18 Inches Wide

The Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, is an astounding example of Classical Greek architecture and art. It was built by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates while the supervisor, and also the artistic director, for the project was the sculptor Phidias. Situated on the Acropolis in Athens, the Parthenon, at its prime, was a temple of white marble with countless colorful sculptures. Today, it is partially in ruins. The frieze that surrounded the cella, or the interior structure, still exists, but is divided among many museums around the world. The Acropolis Museum and the British Museum hold the majority of the 115 blocks, which formed the 160 meter- (or 525 foot-) long frieze. The narrative is about the procession that took place on the final day of the festival that honored Athena, the Great Panathenaia.

This piece is a reduction of a fragment from slab VI of the western side of the frieze. The imagery shares a similarity with that of slab XV: in each, a youth pauses during the procession to tie his sandal, and is turned toward the on-coming procession. The motive for this composition was to add variety within the long line of horses.

 

Artist: Unknown

Museum: Acropolis Museum, Athens

Origin: The Parthenon - Western Frieze, Athens

Time Period: Ancient Greek, 447-432 B.C.E.

 

Sources:

Choremi, A. “The Parthenon Frieze. Block W VI.” The Parthenon Frieze. English translation by M. Caskey. Ministry of Culture – Acropolis Restoration Service – First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities – Department of Information and Education, and National Documentation Centre – National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2009, http://repository.parthenonfrieze.gr/frieze/handle/10442/wvi.

“The Frieze.” Acropolis Museum, http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en/content/frieze-0.

Hadziaslani, C. and I. Kaimara. “About Parthenon.” The Parthenon Frieze. English translation by M. Caskey. Ministry of Culture – Acropolis Restoration Service – First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities – Department of Information and Education, and National Documentation Centre – National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2009, http://repository.parthenonfrieze.gr/frieze/aboutParthenon.jsp.

“Parthenon.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon#Architecture.