Hirayama Ikuo Painting Work
The Silk Road

The Ruins of Corinth

  • Hirayama Ikuo
  • 1978
  • Color on Paper (Japanese Style Painting, Nihonga)
  • 90.9×116.7cm

From the end of 1976 to the spring of 1977, Hirayama Ikuo held his personal exhibition "Hirayama Ikuo: The SILKROAD" in five countries in the Middle East. He started a sketch tour from Damascus to Greece and visited the ruins of Athens, Collins, Mycenae, Delphi, Olympia, Crete, and Pera. Recalling this trip, he said,"Greece is my final destination, when I revisted the Alexander the Great". Corinth, located about 80 kilometers to the west of Athens, is a major transportation hub connecting Greece and the Peloponnesos Peninsula. Benefiting from two good harbors across the Gorge, Corinth, as an ancient Greek city, gained prosperity in an early time because of trade. The building this work depicts is the Apollo Temple built in the middle of the 6th century B.C., which boasts a long history and is the landmark building of Corinth. The huge column made of limestone is about 7 meters high and its maximum radius is 1.8 meters, which demonstrates great solemnity of the Archaic period.