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National Tour Of Parthenon Drawings by Fairfield University Professor Opens

"Hermes attacks a collapsing giant," 8 9/16 x 10 15/16 inches, brown pastel on paper, K.A. Schwab, 2005
"Hermes attacks a collapsing giant," 8 9/16 x 10 15/16 inches, brown pastel on paper, K.A. Schwab, 2005 Photo Credit:

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Greek Consulate General in New York City will display 35 drawings from the Parthenon by Fairfield University professor of art history Katherine A. Schwab in an exhibition called "An Archaeologist’s Eye."

It opens to the public Jan. 16, and will remain on view through Feb. 13. It then will tour nationally through 2017, marking the first time this collection of drawings travels in the United States.

The Greek Consulate is located at 69 E. 79th St., New York, N.Y. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.

In 2005, Schwab, an American art historian and archaeologist, began experimenting with graphite and pastel on paper in an effort to develop a new method for recording her research on the badly deteriorated ancient Parthenon metope sculptures in Greece.

She found that careful drawing enabled her to make new observations and scholarly discoveries, which have in turn contributed to the larger understanding of the east and north metope series.

Many of these drawings comprise the exhibition, inviting the viewer into an imagined world once inhabited by Pheidias and his fellow sculptors.

The exhibition opens with 16 pastel and graphite drawings depicting the fight for supremacy on Mount Olympus. It continues with 12 graphite drawings of the Sacking of Troy, and concludes with seven graphite drawings of figures from the frieze and pediments she developed to help visualize the metope compositions.

“Earlier archaeological renderings used lines to denote figures in the Parthenon’s metope sculptures,” said Schwab in a statement. “These images did not, however, convey important visual information, including the preserved depth of surviving contours of these figures, many of which were severely damaged in the 6th century when the ancient Greek temple was converted to a Christian church."

For updates about the exhibition and its exhibition schedule, visit the website .

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