The Monument to Philopappos, Athens by Giovanni Battista Lusieri

The artist's only known oil painting, and one of only a handful of works to have survived from his residence of twenty years in Athens.


Oil on canvas
82.5 x 62.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £300,000)
Acquired in:
James Mackinnon

The work has a close connection to Scotland through the long-term patronage of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (of Elgin Marbles fame). Lusieri worked as the Earl's resident artist and agent, in which capacity he was closely involved in the removal and transport of the Parthenon marbles and other antiquities. This arresting, hyper-realist image shows the funerary monument raised in ad 114-16 to Gaius Julius Antiochos Epiphanes Philopappos in Athens. The monument, survives today in much the same state as Lusieri recorded it. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Private collection, London; Christie's, 2001; James Mackinnon.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200

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