1943 Athena Temple Nike Greece Acropolis Classic Ruins - ORIGINAL EUR2

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This is an original 1943 photogravure of the Temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. According to myth, Athena, the goddess of warfare, was born by bursting from her father, Zeus' head. The friezes on all sides of the structure were decorated with relief sculptures that depict monumental events. The photographer for this image is Martin Hürlimann.

Period Paper is pleased to offer an exceptional collection of historic original photogravures of various European landscapes, architecture, and people. The actual border around the photogravure is slightly larger than what is shown in the digital image and includes a caption. However, we wanted to show you the actual image up close and the dimensions provided next to "Size" indicate the size of the actual photogravure only. These original photogravures are not to be confused with the more common halftone prints. Each of these photogravures was created from an engraved plate and provides exceptional detail, contrast, warmth, and depth, making them excellent original images for framing.

The Photogravure Process. A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate --an expensive and rarely used process today. Through the transfer of etching ink from an etched copperplate to special dampened paper run through an etching press, this process creates an image that registers an extraordinary variety of tones. This unique tonal range comes from photogravure's variable depth of etch --the shadows are etched many times deeper than the highlights unlike the halftone processes that merely vary dot size. The prints produced via this process have the subtle tones of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph, making them extraordinarily collectible items.

CONDITION

This 68+ year old Item is rated Near Mint +. No aging. No creases. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Sepia
  • Grade: Near Mint +
  • Dimensions: Approximately 7 x 4.75 inches; 18 x 12 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Propylaia, Propylaea, Peloponnese, Colonnade, Nike Parapet

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