Temple of Amon, Luxor

Object Details

Title:

Temple of Amon, Luxor

Artist/Maker:

John Beasley Greene (American, born France, 1832 - 1856)

Culture:

American

Date:

1853–1854

Medium:

Salted paper print from a waxed paper negative

Object Number:

84.XM.361.2

Dimensions:

23.5 × 29.2 cm (9 1/4 × 11 1/2 in.)

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"[P]art apparition from the past, part record of the present" aptly describes John Beasly Greene's desolate view of the ruins of the Temple of Amon at Thebes, Egypt, built by King Amenhotep III, who reigned from 1390 to 1353 B.C. At the left a solitary palm tree encroaches into the space, leaning toward the remains of the once majestic colonnade of fourteen fifty-two-foot-high pillars with papyrus capitals. On the right are the remains of the large peristyle court. Greene has photographed the ruins from a great distance, making them appear rather small.

Provenance
- 1984

André Jammes, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Antiquity & Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (November 9, 2005 to May 1, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), November 9, 2005 to May 1, 2006
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