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Temple of Nemean Zeus

Mary Peck

Artwork Details

Temple of Nemean Zeus
1979; printed by 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 the Temple of Nemean Zeus in Nemea, Greece; the fourth 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 Nemea, “Zeus stretches out in a long straight axis under the sky. Everything open wide to dominion. The earth has velocity, the sky expanse. The hills lift back from the god’s columns in one vast, tranquil gesture.” -Vincent J. Scully, 1982

Physical Description:

This photograph depicts a temple emerging from a barren landscape, rocks scattered around. Mountains line the horizon in the background and clouds fill the top of half of the scene.

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