"[P]art apparition from the past, part record of the present" aptly describes John Beasly Greene's desolate view of the ruins of the Temple of Amon at Thebes, Egypt, built by King Amenhotep III, who reigned from 1390 to 1353 B.C. At the left a solitary palm tree encroaches into the space, leaning toward the remains of the once majestic colonnade of fourteen fifty-two-foot-high pillars with papyrus capitals. On the right are the remains of the large peristyle court. Greene has photographed the ruins from a great distance, making them appear rather small.


  • Title: Temple of Amon, Luxor
  • Creator: John Beasley Greene
  • Date Created: 1853–1854
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.5 × 29.2 cm (9 1/4 × 11 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Salted paper print from a waxed paper negative
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XM.361.2
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: John Beasley Greene (American, born France, 1832 - 1856)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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