The James Cowan Collection

Members: Free
Non-Members: Parthenon Admission
Permanent Exhibit at The Parthenon
In 1927, 21 crates arrived in Nashville from an anonymous donor. Three years later, upon his death, James M. Cowan was revealed as the patron who had donated his paintings to our city. The Cowan Collection is an assemblage of 63 paintings to be housed in the Parthenon. His selection of works emphasizes the landscape and seascape. The technical styles vary from the smooth almost non-brushstroke of the Neo-Classic, to the impasto and laded brush work of Impressionism. Read More

An Archeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab

Included with Parthenon Admission
January 13 - May 6, 2018
This exhibition features drawings by Dr. Katherine Schwab and explores the metopes of the ancient Parthenon. Metope is the architectural term for the square spaces in a Doric frieze, usually decorated with high-relief sculpture. On the Athenian Parthenon, the metopes told the story of four significant battles and are considered an important aspect of the overall sculpture program of the temple. The 35-work exhibition opens with 16 pastel and graphite drawings depicting the fight between the gods and the giants for supremacy on Mount Olympus. It continues with 12 graphite drawings of the Sacking of Troy, and concludes with 7 graphite drawings of figures from the frieze and pediments she developed to help visualize the metope compositions.