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How to Read Paintings: The Parthenon by Frederic Edwin Church

How this wistful depiction of the ancient temple tells a deeper story

The Parthenon (1871) by Frederic Edwin Church. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States. Image source The Met (public domain).

The evening sun casts a golden light over the famous ruins of the Parthenon. Located at the Acropolis — an ancient citadel above the city of Athens — the Parthenon was built in the middle of the 5th century BC when the Athenian Empire was at the…

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