Ancient Rhodes by Frantisek Kupka

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by Tony Hisgett
published on 19 March 2013

An oil painting representing the ancient city of Rhodes by Frantisek Kupka (1906 CE). Probably a realistic representation of the Colossus of Rhodes which was a gigantic bronze statue, 32 metres high, of the island's patron god Helios, the Sun god. The statue was sculpted by Chares of Lindos, c. 304 BCE and was toppled by the earthquake of 228 or 226 BCE. (Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, Veletrzni Trades Fair Palace, Prague). Also depicted is a large quadriga or four-horse chariot associated with the god.

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