10 Vue du temple d´Erecthée a Athenes Le Roy ,Julien David 208


Description: Le Roy Erectheion

Vue du temple d´Erecthée a Athenes

Le Roy ,Julien David

Paris delatour et Musier 1770.


Engraved view.56x41 cms. Black and white. Fine condition.the engraving shows this ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis.The temple as seen today was built between 421 and 405 BC. Its architect may have been Mnesicles, and it derived its name from a shrine dedicated to the legendary Greek hero Erichthonius. The sculptor and mason of the structure was Phidias, who was employed by Pericles to build both the Erechtheum and the Parthenon.It is believed to have been a replacement for the Peisistratid temple of Athena Polias destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC.On the south side, there is another large porch with columns, and on the south, the famous "Porch of the Maidens", with six draped female figures (caryatids).The temple itself was dedicated to Athena Polias and Poseidon Erechtheus. Within the foundations lived the sacred snake of the temple, which represented the spirit of Cecrops and whose well-being was thought essential for the safety of the city. Ref Blackmer 1009.Atabey 709
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