Temple of Poseidon, Sounion (detail), after 1805. Simone Pomardi (Italian, 1757–1830). Watercolor. Courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute. The Packard Humanities Institute

Greece’s Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi


Museum, Floor 2

“Almost every rock, every promontory, every river, is haunted by the shadows of the mighty dead,” wrote the English antiquarian Edward Dodwell of his travels in Greece in the early nineteenth century. During this time, he and the Italian artist Simone Pomardi produced almost one thousand illustrations. Selected from a vast archive of their watercolors and drawings in the collection of the Packard Humanities Institute, this exhibition brings to life a vanished world that enchanted European travelers and inspired their passionate pursuit of classical antiquity. The exhibition culminates with a series of monumental panoramas of Athens rendered with exceptional detail. 

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