“Almost every rock, every promontory, every river, is haunted by the shadows of the mighty dead,” wrote the English antiquarian Edward Dodwell of his travels to Greece in the early nineteenth century. During this time, he and the Italian artist Simone Pomardi produced around one thousand illustrations, watercolors and drawings.
Getty villa will be presenting for the first time in the United States 44 of Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi’s illustrations and panoramas of Greece. The exhibition “Greece’s Enchanted Landscapes: Watercolors by Edwa rd Dodwell and Simone Pomardi” will run from October 21, 2015 until February 15, 2016.
The artworks were acquired from the Packard Humanities Institute, as well as the Getty Museum’s photographs collection and the Getty Research Institute and they depict picturesque Greek landscapes.
“These captivating drawings represent one of the most beautiful and compelling manifestations of Europe’s fascination with modern and ancient Greece — its landscape, archaeological sites and social customs — in the years before its independence from Ottoman rule,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Displaying them at the Getty Villa, alongside our unparalleled collections of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art, will allow visitors to experience these unique images in a particularly appropriate setting.”