LANTSAS Stefanos (1861-1933) “Hadrian`s Arch”

Hadrian`s Arch

Like his father, Vikentios, Stefanos Lantsas painted archeological sites and monuments in the context of an archeological topography that developed in the years immediately following the Greek revolution and throughout the 19th century. The subject is rendered in realistic perspective and somewhat coldly, but the watercolor medium gives the composition an airy, fresh quality. The importance of this artist’s work, like that of early travelers` descriptions and engravings, is that it preserves how these places looked prior to reconstruction interventions and deterioration.