A depiction of Kykkos monastery as it was in the first half of the twentieth century. Perched in the Troodos mountains just under the homonymous peak, the monastery is one of the oldest (11th c.) and most venerated on the island. Built of stone, it exhibits traces of colonial influence in the typical green colour of the windows, a colour most widely used in colonial architecture in Cyprus. The inclusion of a donkey in the picture alludes not only to the animal’s use as the main means of transport but also to a primitive road system. The monk entering the edifice asserts its function as a monastery. Traditionally, monks cultivated all sorts of trees and flowers and paid particular attention to the decoration of the pots containing them. A sample of three such pebbled pots appears at the right side of the watercolour. This reflected both the affluence and orderly state of the establishment. On the left hand side of the entrance, fountains and a cistern provide water to animals and visitors.
36 x 55 cm
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