THE COLLECTION
The Erechtheion, Athens
  • Date: 1841
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 72.2 x 90.5 cm
  • Inv: P334
  • Location: Oriental Armoury
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  • This painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1841. The Erechtheion, immediately to the north of the Parthenon and built in the late 5th century B.C., is named after Erechtheos, a mythical king of Athens, and originally housed a statue of Athena Polias (‘guardian of the city’). Marilhat shows temporary brick supports for the caryatids. He perhaps based his composition on a print, as the building is shown in reverse. The camels are a reminder of Greece's long absorption within the Ottoman Empire. Greece finally obtained its independence in 1832, less than a decade before this picture was painted.