Hermann Thiersch’s 1909 depiction of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Constructed between 280 and 247 BC, the lighthouse stood for over one thousand years before it was damaged by a series of earthquakes between 956 and 1323 and finally dismantled in 1480.
Elegant Couple Sketching and Reading by a Lake (1874). Ludwig Thiersch (German, 1825-1909). Oil on canvas.
In 1852, Thiersch traveled with his father to Athens, where he replaced Rafaello Ceccoli at the Athens School of Fine Arts and became interested in Byzantine art. He painted several frescoes in Greek churches, and was at the forefront of a movement to “modernize” Byzantine art by introducing elements from Western art such as naturalistic perspective and anatomy.
The Akropolis of Pergamon By Friedrich (von) Thiersch 1882 Pen and ink with watercolor on canvas Antikensammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin “Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World”
Kleoniki Gennadi (1856-1859). Ludwig Thiersch (German, 1825-1909). Oil on canvas. National Gallery, Athens.
Thiersch attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich to study sculpture, but after a few years turned to painting, in which he became a student of Heinrich Maria von Hess, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, and Karl Schorn. After the Academy, he painted a depiction of Sakuntala (1848) and a scene of Camisards, and then traveled to Rome, where he sketched scenes from daily Italian life.