Views of the Parthenon for History of Art

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

The class period dedicated to Ancient Greece in History of Art at Mount Angel Seminary features the Parthenon, one of the main buildings of the Acropolis in Athens.  The Parthenon is made of marble fit together without mortar.

The Acropolis and the Parthenon - Credit: LennieZ - CC BY-SA 3.0

The figures in the east pediment had to be fit into a shallow triangular space:

Credit: Fingalo - CC BY-SA 2.0 DE
Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen - CC BY - Generic 2.5
Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen - CC BY - Generic 2.5

The metopes depict mythological battles; each one is about four feet square and depicts a single moment of combat.  These are images of the south metope:

Credit: Adam Carr - CC-BY SA 3.0
Credit: Public Domain
Credit: Public Domain
Credit: Public Domain
Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen - CC BY Generic 2.5
Credit: Public Domain

Information for this post has been drawn from the fourth edition of Art Across Time (public library) by Laurie Schneider Adams.