Watercolors of the Acropolis: Émile Gilliéron in Athens: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v.76, no. 4 (Spring, 2019)

Mertens, Joan R., and Lisa Conte (2019)

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Watercolors of the Acropolis: Émile Gilliéron in Athens
May 13, 2019–January 3, 2020

A virtuoso watercolorist, Émile Gilliéron (1850–1924) became the most important draftsman and popularizer of archaeological discoveries in Greece following his arrival in Athens in the late 1870s. The exhibition will feature five drawings—three of them more than eleven feet long—that depict architectural sculptures from the Athenian Acropolis. In addition to their documentary value, the drawings capture the power of the ancient sculptures' mythological subjects, their effect intensified by the surviving traces of original color.