N.A. "The Parthenon of Athens is one of the noblest relics of the early ages. . . . In this picture Mr. Church has given no sensational effect, . . . He has simply drawn the ruins under the effect of a cloudless sky of a summer afternoon. . . . In the foreground . . . a deep shadow falls over the ruined and fallen columns, which lie broken and scattered around, . . . Two lines of sunlight break the monotony of this shadow, and point, like threads of silver, to the temple upon the hill beyond. . . . On the right, the majestic columns rise and show their superb capitals bathed in sunlight. The temple, which was erected in honor of Minerva . . . stands upon the brow of a hill; taller hills rise in picturesque shapes behind it, and above all . . . is the deep azure of an unclouded sky. There is but one figure in the picture, that of a man who stands leaning against a huge block of marble in the shadow of the middle ground. This figure is evidently put in to show the ponderous character of the blocks of Pentelic marble of which the temple was built. . . . The drawing of the noble peristyle, with its pediment yet almost intact, is perfect. . . . The atmospheric effect is there, but so subtle in its rendering that at first glance it is not felt. Mr. Church, in his elaboration of the subject, has painted the view under the influence of the transparent atmosphere of the Mediterranean, . . ." [P. 30.]
Industrial Exposition. 1874. Art Catalogue. Chicago.