Ruins of Asrum Asia Minor: Explored with Layard (Sir Henry Layard)

Media - 1992.66.4 - SAAM-1992.66.4_1 - 62675
Copied Miner Kilbourne Kellogg, Ruins of Asrum Asia Minor: Explored with Layard (Sir Henry Layard), ca. 1845, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Martha F. Butler, 1992.66.4
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Artwork Details

Title
Ruins of Asrum Asia Minor: Explored with Layard (Sir Henry Layard)
Date
ca. 1845
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
12 3418 in. (32.445.8 cm.)
Credit Line
Bequest of Martha F. Butler
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape — Asia Minor — Asrum
  • Portrait male — Layard, Henry, Sir
  • Architecture Exterior — ruins
  • Architecture Exterior — classical — amphitheater
Object Number
1992.66.4

Artwork Description

Miner Kilbourne Kellogg traveled to Constantinople in 1844, where he met the English archaeologist Austen Henry Layard, best known as the excavator of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. They became close friends and toured the city and surroundings together, searching for suitable sites to research and paint. The artist believed their documentation of religious sites was very important, and once back in America he gave a series of lectures on what he believed to be the true landscape of the Old Testament. (Davis, The Landscape of Belief, 1996)

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