Temple of Apollo

Accession Number

Temple of Apollo

Mary Peck

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1979; printed 1982

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

4 3/16 in x 5 1/8 in (10.64 cm x 13.02 cm);14 5/16 in x 19 5/16 in (36.35 cm x 49.05 cm);4 3/16 in x 5 1/8 in (10.64 cm x 13.02 cm);3 15/16 in x 4 13/16 in (10 cm x 12.22 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 the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece; the seventh 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 Delphi “we are shown not the wild toss of the Phaedriades, the mountain’s horns, but their passage one behind the other, the nearer in light, the other in deep shadow.”-Vincent J. Scully, 1982

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a temple situated on a steep mountainside. The man-made structure appears on the left side, which is illuminated, while the cliff on the right is cast in shadow.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Ancient Greek (culture or style)
modern and contemporary art
mythology (literary genre)
temples (buildings)

8 Related Resources

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(Part of 7 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Religious Buildings
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 8 Learning Collections)

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