KLENZE, Leo von
(b. 1784, Schladen, d. 1864, München)

The Acropolis at Athens

Oil on canvas, 103 x 148 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich

This ideal view was painted in 1846 from a sketch the artist made in 1843. It had two purposes. First it demonstrated Klenze's competence in the reconstruction and care of historical monuments in Athens, which was then governed by a member of the Bavarian royal family, and second, the measurements he took on the spot provided data for the propylaeum on Königsplatz in Munich.