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Sanctuary

Accession Number
1984/2.58.3

Title
Sanctuary

Artist(s)
Mary Peck

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1979; printed 1982

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
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)

Credit Line
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.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Ancient Greek (culture or style)
Ruins
clouds
columns
hills
islands (landforms)
modern and contemporary art
monuments
mountains
mythology (literary genre)
ruins
temples (buildings)
trees

5 Related Resources

Absence
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
Nature in Photography
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Religious Buildings
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Ruins
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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