Altes Museum

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Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1781–1841

Berlin, Germany; 1823–30

One of Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s late fantasies was revealed in a series of disturbingly plausible drawings for a royal palace on the Acropolis of Athens (pages 168–69). Such a building would have destroyed a great deal of archaeological evidence, but would have made a fine place for Otto Wittelsbach, the Bavarian king of newly independent Greece, to receive foreign visitors.

Ancient Greek culture had a hold on the minds of many educated people across western Europe, not least in Scotland. The Scottish National Monument, begun in 1826 on Calton Hill overlooking Edinburgh, ...

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