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View of the Tower of the Winds (Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes), Athens, with the Acropolis in the background

RIBApix ref no RIBA30280
Artist/PhotographerStuart, James (1713-1788)
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Subject Date1750
Image Date1750
ViewTopographical
MediumDrawing
Library ReferenceSD145/3
OrientationLandscape
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: This octagonal tower dates from the 1st century BC and was originally the 'Horolgion of Andronykos Kyrrhestes'. It served as a water clock until the 6th century. The sides of the tower indicate the eight points of the Athenian compass, and the eight winds associated with these points are represented allegorically on the marble frieze that runs around the tower. This painting dates from between around 1751 and 1754 and was reproduced in John Stuart and Nicholas Revett. The Antiquities of Athens, vol. I (London, 1762), ch. III, pl. I

Subject tags

towers, sculpture, marble, decorative stonework, sundials