SAN DIEGO, CA –The Timken Museum OF Art is pleased to announce its spring exhibition, An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab, running through June 5, the Museum announced. This exhibition provides a glimpse into a world once inhabited by the Ancient Greeks by exploring the famed sculptural reliefs of the Parthenon in Athens. These legendary works have long been compromised by natural age, weather, pollution and damage. Katherine A. Schwab has brought her combined knowledge of art history and archaeology, and her considerable skills as a fine artist, to bear on this problem, creating arresting drawings that address the tone, depth, texture and subtle illumination of this classical work, effects that might otherwise appear barely visible to the naked eye. Schwab’s experimentation with graphite and pastel result in a unique collection of more than 30 drawings celebrating the Parthenon’s sculptural legacy and the famed mythological battles between the Olympian Gods and Giants, as well as the Sacking of Troy. Combining exquisite draftsmanship, historical insight, and archaeological expertise to powerful effect, An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab was selected for exhibition at the Timken back in early 2014. The exhibition has been organized by the Bellarmine Museum OF Art, Fairfield University and Creighton University, with considerable help from Timken’s previous Executive Director, John Wilson.
Widely known as San Diego’s “jewel box” of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art is located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park on the Plaza de Panama. It is the permanent home of the Putnam Foundation’s significant collection of European old masters, 19th century American art and Russian icons. Known as one of the finest small museums in the world, the Timken provides visitors with an accessible and enriching cultural experience featuring a beautiful collection, intimate surroundings, and free admission, its website describes.