John Fotiadis - “The Solace Of Antiquity”
An ongoing project by John Fotiadis based on drawings made in Athens and Sounion, Greece in July 2019, as well as related drawings afterwards. Classical…
My new finished drawing of the circular courtyard of the #Zappeion in #Athens #Greece. Black and white charcoal on gray tone paper. Built in 1874 on 80,000 square metres of public land between the Palace Gardens and the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus, the building was part of the works related to the first modern Olympic Games which occurred in 1896. Today it serves as a pavilion for exhibits and a conference center. The building was designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen.
Memorializing a very hot July afternoon in 2019, when I spent the better part of a day sketching, photographing, and walking the site. Facing West-Southwest with the majestic Mt. Hymettus in the distance. Construction of this extraordinary building began in the 6th century BC, but it was not completed until the reign of the the great Philhellene Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, some 638 years after the project had begun.
View of Lycabettus Hill from The Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens ,Greece. Colored Prismacolor pencil on gray tone paper. A major landmark at 300 meters (908 feet) above sea level, and visible from almost anywhere in the city, Lycabettus summit is the highest point in Athens.
My finished drawing after a "colossal" statue of the great Philhellene emperor #Hadrian I saw at National Archaeological Museum in #Athens last year (2019) as a part of a wonderful exhibit called #hadrianinathens Black and white charcoal on gray tone paper. Hadrian AKA Caesar Traianus Hadrianus (24 January 76 – 10 July 138) was a Roman emperor from 117 to 138 AD. An ardent admirer of Greece, he sought to make Athens the cultural capital of the Empire.
Last summer in #Athens, I did a field sketch in pencil of the “The Tower of the Winds” or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes (an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower) in the #RomanAgora in Athens that functioned as a horologion or "timepiece". It is an iconic little building, very distinct in its shape and function. It is considered the world's first meteorological station. White and Black Charcoal on gray tone paper.
A drawing of the North Portico of the #TempleofHephaestus in the #Agora of #Athens #Greece. AKA the #Thesion. From photos and field sketches I did last year from my “Solace of Antiquity” series. Graphite , and pencil on gray tone paper. #αθήνα #ελλάδα #θησείο
A finished #drawing of The Temple of Hephaestus in the #Agora of #Athens #Greece. This view looks into the west Porch towards the rear Cella wall which has a doorway in it (added later), which in turn reveals the columns of the Pronaos and the Agora beyond. The doorway which connects the rear porch or 'opisthodomos' with the cella on the other side, did not exist in antiquity but was probably added when the building was converted into a church.
A statue of Herodotus that I tripped upon (quite by accident) in the Stoa of Attalos in the ancient Agora in Athens, Greece. I'd been reading "The Histories" all winter and had no idea this statue was there. Happened to exit the building by this column and suddenly I was looking at him eye to eye. From a photo I took.