William James Stillman (American, 1828 – 1901)
North flank of Parthenon showing curvature of stylobate
Reproduction print from an Albumen silver print, 1882
Number 43 in the “Atene” album, like plate 17 in The Acropolis of Athens, demonstrates Stillman’s aim to represent the architectural refinements of the Classical Greek temple – refinements which had only recently come to light in the late nineteenth century. By bringing the viewpoint down low, he also creates a strong diagonal – a favored compositional device.