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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-11-14

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  • [01] Exhibition of Piet de Jong works opens in Athens

  • [01] Exhibition of Piet de Jong works opens in Athens

    An exhibition featuring the works of noted 20th century artist Piet de Jong, best known for his celebrated watercolor illustrations of antiquities and artifacts uncovered at numerous archaeological excavations around Greece before and after WWII, opened at the Benaki Museum's Pireos Street Annex on Monday.

    The exhibition consists of roughly 150 watercolors and ink drawings by de Jong, a British national who was also an architect, with detailed illustrations of finds from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens' excavations at the Agora.

    According to the Benaki, other watercolors depict sites at the Palace of Minos at Knossos, the Palace of Nestor at Pylos, Corinth, Mycenae, Eleusis and elsewhere, as well as caricatures of the great archaeologists of his day.

    "Piet de Jong's decades of work in Greece were testament to the scholarly commitment of many peoples from many countries to the study of ancient Greece; and the development from that study of ideals that are fundamental to modern life and thought. Tonight, therefore, we appreciate one man's work, but through that work we continue to learn and appreciate the work and contributions of the ancient world," US ambassador to Greece Charles Ries said during a brief address inaugurating the exhibition.

    The exhibition, entitled "Piet de Jong: The Ancient Agora and the Art of Antiquity", is organised by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Benaki Museum, and sponsored by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (major sponsor) and the US embassy in Athens (sponsor). It will run until Jan. 7, 2007.

    Caption: A copy of a caricature of archaeologist Carl William Blegen (1887-1971), drawn by de Jong in 1925, and displayed at the Benaki Museum, Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. ANA-MPA / Benaki Museum photo.

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