William James Stillman (American, 1828 – 1901)
Fragment of frieze of Erectheum
Reproduction print from an Albumen silver print, 1882
This photograph, number 55, is one of the last in the “Atene” album. It provides a very close view of a piece of frieze, no longer on the Erectheum, but sitting on the ground. Stillman was a master at capturing the kind of wonderful play of light and shadow created by the deep, crisp relief of the molding.
This image is the second-to-last of the Acropolis in the album. The next page has three more details of decorative architectural fragments, and then the last few pages of the album are devoted to other historic architecture in and around Athens.