Is there a particular painting that immediately reminds you of summertime? Sanford Robinson Gifford captures a glowing view of the Acropolis in “Ruins of the Parthenon” (1880). The artist depicts the hazy atmosphere and bright sunlight of Greece during the summer months. According to the artist, the painting is “not a picture of a building, but a picture of a day.”

Sanford Robinson Gifford, “Ruins of the Parthenon,” 1880, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund; Frame restoration generously funded by the Women’s Committee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 2009)