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Mary Peck

Artwork Details

1979; printed 1982
Mary Peck
gelatin silver print on paper
4 3/16 in x 5 1/4 in (10.64 cm x 13.34 cm);14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David C. Ruttenberg through the courtesy of the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation


Subject Matter:

This is a photograph of Sanctuary in Samothrace, Greece; the third of eight photographs in Mary Peck’s portfolio, The Temples of Greece which is comprised of black-and-white photographs depicting dramatic Greek landscapes, each accented by ancient ruins. The rich tonal ranges in the prints reflect the majesty of the expansive scenes. As described in the introduction of the portfolio, at Samothrace, “a sea mist is flowing up toward us through the valley of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. There the pre-Olympians hold the hollow under the mountain’s shadow, receiving the sea’s caress, the salt touch on the velvet body.” -Vincent J. Scully, 1982

Physical Description:

This photograph depicts a temple in the lower left of rolling hills set in a rocky landscape. Clouds sweep over the mountains in the background.

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